Step 1: Determine the greatest common factor (GCF)
Determine the greatest common factor (GCF) shared by the numerator and the denominator of the given fraction. So, to cancel factors in 96/144 to simplify it, we first look for the GCF of 96 and 144.
Step 2: Rewrite as products of the GCF
Rewrite the numerator and denominator of the fraction as products of the GCF. So, we need to express 96 and 144 as product of 48.
Step 3: Simplify the fraction
Cancel out the GCF to simplify the fraction.
Examples of how to cancel fractions by determining GCF
Q1) Cancel out the GCF to find the lowest term of 128/240
First, let’s determine the greatest common factor of 128 and 240.
Express 128 and 240 as products of the GCF. Cancel out the GCF to simplify the fraction.
This means that 128/240 is equal to 8/15 when simplified to its lowest term.