# Multiplying Mixed Numbers and Top-Heavy Fractions

Students learn how to calculate the product of mixed numbers and top heavy fractions using cross-simplifying.  As learning progresses this is linked to finding the area of rectangles with lengths as mixed numbers.  More able students consider squares and cubes of mixed numbers.
##### Differentiated Learning Objectives
• All students should be able to calculate the product of two top-heavy fractions.
• Most students should be able to calculate the simplified product of two or more mixed numbers.
• Some students should be able to calculate the cube of a mixed number using cross-simplifying.

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