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

Multiplying mixed numbers might seem daunting, but it's actually a straightforward process. Let's break down how to solve **1 1/3 x 2 1/2**.

### Step 1: Convert Mixed Numbers to Improper Fractions

**1 1/3:**Multiply the whole number (1) by the denominator (3) and add the numerator (1). This gives you 4. Keep the same denominator (3). So, 1 1/3 becomes**4/3**.**2 1/2:**Multiply the whole number (2) by the denominator (2) and add the numerator (1). This gives you 5. Keep the same denominator (2). So, 2 1/2 becomes**5/2**.

### Step 2: Multiply the Fractions

Now that we have improper fractions, we simply multiply the numerators and the denominators:

(4/3) x (5/2) = (4 x 5) / (3 x 2) = 20/6

### Step 3: Simplify the Answer

The fraction 20/6 can be simplified. Both 20 and 6 are divisible by 2:

20/6 = 10/3

### Step 4: Convert Back to a Mixed Number (Optional)

The answer in its simplest form is 10/3. However, you can also convert it back to a mixed number:

**Divide the numerator (10) by the denominator (3):**10 ÷ 3 = 3 with a remainder of 1.**The quotient (3) becomes the whole number, and the remainder (1) becomes the numerator:**3 1/3

### Conclusion

Therefore, **1 1/3 x 2 1/2** equals **10/3** or **3 1/3**.