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 Canceling Property:  When a common factor can be found in both the denominator and the numerator of an expression, the common factor can be "factored out," or "cancelled."


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Restaurants and catering businesses that make food in volumes need to have people that can rewrite recipes that are 5 to 100 times the original quantities. For instance, a recipe of mashed potatoes that typically serves 4 might need to be multipled by a factor of 6. If the recipe calls for 1/4 cup of garlic, then they would need 6x1/4 cups = 6/4 cups. Instead of measuring 6 quarter-cups, the restaurant can use the canceling property by factoring a 2 from the numerator and denominator so that the expression is (3x2)/(2x2) = 3/2 cups or 1 1/2 cups.