## Elementary and Intermediate Algebra: Concepts & Applications (6th Edition)

$\dfrac{1}{4}$
The product of two numbers with the same sign is positive. Furthermore, to multiply fractions, multiply the numerators and multiply the denominators. Then cancel any common factor between the numerator and the denominator. Hence, the product of the given expression, $-\dfrac{5}{8}\cdot \left( -\dfrac{2}{5} \right)$, is \begin{array}{l}\require{cancel} \dfrac{10}{40} \\\\= \dfrac{\cancel{10}}{\cancel{10}\cdot4} \\\\= \dfrac{1}{4} .\end{array}