### 3.1 Multiplying fractions

To multiply two (or more) fractions, you simply need to multiply the numerators together, and also to multiply the denominators:

( | 4 | ) | × | ( | 3 | ) | = | (4 × 3) | = | 12 | = | 2 |

9 | 6 | (9 × 6) | 54 | 9 |

Note that if both fractions have values smaller than one (as in this case), the answer will be smaller than either of the original fractions.

A fraction raised to a whole-number positive power is a special case of multiplication:

( | 5 | ) | ^{2} |
= | ( | 5 | ) | × | ( | 5 | ) | = | (5 × 5) | = | 5^{2} |

8 | 8 | 8 | (8 × 8) | 8^{2} |