# Homework Help: Fraction reduction, euclid's algorithm

1. Sep 2, 2012

### rayman123

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
reduce the fraction $$\frac{943578}{1978935}$$ to its lowest terms using Euclid's algorithm

3. The attempt at a solution
I start with finding the gcd of these two numbers using E.algorithm

1978935=943578*2+91779
942578=91779*10+25788
91779=25788*3+14415
25788=14415*1+11373
14415=11373*1+3042
11373=3042*3+2247
3042=2247*1+795
2247=795*2+657
795=657*1+138
657=138*4+105
138=105*1+33
105=33*3+6
33=6*5+3
6=2*3+0
so gcd(1978935,942578)=3

2. Sep 2, 2012

### HallsofIvy

Divide both numerator and denominator by that "greatest common divisor".

3. Sep 2, 2012

### rayman123

I am not sure if this is the way we are supposed to do it...Euclid's algorithm is to help to make the calculations easier, without calculator no one can do such divisions...
$$\frac{942578}{1978935}=\frac{314526}{659645}$$
but how can we be sure that this is not further reducible?