When multiplying fractions, what is the meaning of the operation? When multiplying a whole by a fraction such as 3 x 1/2 , the meaning is the same as with multiplication of whole numbers: 3 groups the size of 1/2 of the whole. When multiplying a fraction by a fraction such as 2/3 x 3/4 , we are asking for part of a part. When multiplying a fraction by a whole number such as 1/2 x 6, we are trying to find a part of the whole.
- Number and Number Sense
The student will demonstrate multiple representations of multiplication and division of fractions.