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

Multiplying mixed numbers can seem daunting, but it's actually quite straightforward. Here's how to multiply **1 1/3 x 2 1/2** and express the answer as a fraction:

### Step 1: Convert mixed numbers to improper fractions.

**1 1/3**becomes (1 x 3 + 1) / 3 =**4/3****2 1/2**becomes (2 x 2 + 1) / 2 =**5/2**

### Step 2: Multiply the numerators and the denominators.

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

### Step 3: Simplify the fraction.

- 20/6 can be simplified to
**10/3**.

### Step 4: Optionally convert back to a mixed number.

**10/3**is equivalent to**3 1/3**.

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