## Multiplying Fractions: 1 1/4 x 2

Multiplying fractions might seem tricky, but with a few simple steps, it becomes easy! Let's break down how to calculate **1 1/4 x 2**.

### Understanding Mixed Numbers

First, we need to convert the mixed number **1 1/4** into an improper fraction. To do this, we multiply the whole number (1) by the denominator (4), add the numerator (1), and keep the same denominator.

(1 x 4) + 1 = 5, so **1 1/4** becomes **5/4**.

### Multiplying Fractions

Now we have a simple multiplication problem: **5/4 x 2/1** (remember that any whole number can be expressed as a fraction with a denominator of 1).

To multiply fractions, we multiply the numerators and the denominators:

(5 x 2) / (4 x 1) = 10/4

### Simplifying the Result

Finally, we can simplify the fraction 10/4. Both numerator and denominator share a common factor of 2. Dividing both by 2, we get:

10/4 = 5/2

### Converting back to a Mixed Number

The final answer is **5/2**, which is an improper fraction. We can convert it back into a mixed number. 2 goes into 5 two times with a remainder of 1.

Therefore, **5/2** is equivalent to **2 1/2**.

### Summary

**1 1/4 x 2 = 5/4 x 2/1 = 10/4 = 5/2 = 2 1/2**