## Step 4: Cross-Cancelling

To cross-cancel the the multiplication 81/21 X 49/27,(See first image) try and divide the diagonals by the same number, e.g.

21 and 49 can both divide by 7, so we replace them with 3 and 7 respectively(See second image),

then we cancel the other diagonal, 81 and 27 can both be divided by 9, so we replace them with 9 and 3(See third image), then do the multiplication as in step 3. Remember that it doesn't matter if you can only cross-cancel in 1 direction.

The final answer to 81/21 X 49/27 is the improper fraction 63/9, in a mixed number that's 7/1 or just 7(See fourth image)

how do you multiply them if neither number can go into each other when cross reducing, would you just keep the same number?