# Simplify Fractions Calculator: Reduce a Fraction to its Most Basic Form

Written by:
PK

On this page is a fraction simplifier or a simplify fractions tool. Enter your faction and we will attempt to reduce it to its most basic form to make it easier to work with in equations.

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## How to Simplify a Fraction (Plus an Example)

A simple fraction (or vulgar fraction) is a fraction expressed as an integer over another integer – for example, 1/3, 2/5, and 3/9.

But as you can see, sometimes simple fractions are equivalent. In this case, both 1/3 and 3/9 are the same number – roughly 33.333%. These are known as equivalent fractions.

For fractions that can be reduced further – while still staying in the simple fraction form – you take the greatest common factor of both. If they both share a non-1 factor, you can divide the numerator and denominator to find a smaller fraction.

Let's look at 3/9's prime factorization and list out all primes:

\frac{3}{9}=\\3: 3\\9: 3*3

As you can see, both numerator and denominator can be divided by 3. Now, let's reduce 3/9:

\frac{(\frac{3}{3})}{(\frac{9}{3})} = \frac{1}{3}

And now as you can see, 1/3 and 3/9 are equivalent fractions.

## How to Use the Fraction Simplifier

To simplify a fraction, simply enter the numerator/top number (on the left side) and the denominator/lower number (on the right side) of the input but. Then, hit the Simply Fraction button and we'll reduce it to the most basic simple fraction.

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