How to simplify fractions

Simplifying fractions

You can simplify a fraction if the numerator (top number) and denominator (bottom number) can both be divided by the same number.

Six twelfths can be simplified to one half, or 1 over 2 because both numbers are divisible by 6.

6 goes into 6 once and 6 goes into 12 twice.

6 over 12 is equal to 1 half