Lesson 15 Multiply More Fractions

    • Let’s multiply mixed numbers.

Warm-up Number Talk: Multiply Mixed Numbers

Find the value of each expression mentally.

Activity 1 Multiply Your Way

Write numbers from the list in the blank spaces so the situations make sense. Each number will be used only one time. Be prepared to explain your thinking.

  • 4

  • 5

  • 3

  • 2

  1. The area of the rug is square feet. The length of the rug is feet.

    The width of the rug is feet.

  2. The puzzle is feet wide. It is feet long. It has an area of square feet.

  3. The area of the whiteboard is 23 square feet. The length of the whiteboard is feet. The width of the whiteboard is feet.

  4. Share your solutions with your partner. Explain what choices you made and why.

Activity 2 Equivalent Expressions

Each diagram represents a way to calculate . Each expression is equivalent to .

  1. Match the diagrams and expressions.

    1. Diagram. Rectangle partitioned vertically into 3 equal parts with 1 part shaded. Vertical side, 4, total length of horizontal side, 17. 
    2. Area diagram. Length, 5 and 2 thirds. Width, 4. 
    3. Area diagram. Length, 17 thirds. Width, 4. 
    4. Area diagram. Rectangle partitioned into two parts. Left part, length, 5. Width, 4. Right part, length 2 thirds, width 4.
  2. Show or explain your reasoning.

  3. Choose your favorite diagram and expression to find the value of . Explain why it is your favorite.

Practice Problem

Problem 1

Evaluate each expression. Explain or show your reasoning.