Algebra 1

Published by Prentice Hall
ISBN 10: 0133500403
ISBN 13: 978-0-13350-040-0

Chapter 1 - Foundations for Algebra - Get Ready! - Page 1: 14



Work Step by Step

To simplify a fraction, we find the GCF (Greatest Common Factor) of the numerator and denominator. Then, we divide the numerator and denominator by that number. The factors of 8 are {1, 2, 4, 8}, and the factors of 56 are {1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 14, 28, 56}. The greatest common number in those sets is 8. We divide the numerator and denominator of the fraction by 8 to get $\frac{8}{56}=\frac{1}{7}$
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