A whole number multiplied by a non-unit fraction can be thought of

as a **multiple of a unit fraction** with the same denominator.

First, draw three models of

$\frac{3}{4}$.

Separate the three groups of

$\frac{3}{4}$ into three groups that each contain three

$\frac{1}{4}$'s.

There are nine $\frac{1}{4}$'s total.

So, $3\times \frac{3}{4}=9\times \frac{1}{4}=\frac{9}{4}$.