## Multiplying Mixed Numbers: 1 1/2 x 3 1/2

Multiplying mixed numbers can seem tricky, but it's actually quite straightforward. Here's how to multiply 1 1/2 by 3 1/2:

**1. Convert Mixed Numbers to Improper Fractions:**

**1 1/2:**Multiply the whole number (1) by the denominator (2) and add the numerator (1): 1 * 2 + 1 = 3. Keep the same denominator: 3/2.**3 1/2:**Multiply the whole number (3) by the denominator (2) and add the numerator (1): 3 * 2 + 1 = 7. Keep the same denominator: 7/2.

**2. Multiply the Fractions:**

- Now you have (3/2) * (7/2)
- Multiply the numerators: 3 * 7 = 21
- Multiply the denominators: 2 * 2 = 4

**3. Simplify the Result:**

- You have 21/4.
- This is an improper fraction, so convert it back to a mixed number: 21 ÷ 4 = 5 with a remainder of 1.
- The answer is
**5 1/4**.

**Therefore, 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 = 5 1/4.**