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Mar05

Understanding Fractions: “If the Whole Is Made of 8 Parts, How Can I Have 11?”

Understanding Fractions: “If the Whole Is Made of 8 Parts, How Can I Have 11?”

We’ve written plenty about fractions in this blog. Recently, one of our readers asked us to explain the content of this post on classification of fractions in more detail. His comment was: “I’m sorry but I don’t understand improper fractions… I think it’s impossible to have 11 parts of something that’s divided into 8”. When we learn and […]

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Feb05

Adding and Subtracting Fractions: Why Do They Need the Same Denominator?

Adding and Subtracting Fractions: Why Do They Need the Same Denominator?

Today we’re going to find out why, when we’re adding and subtracting fractions, they need to have the same denominator. If you didn’t already know, when we’re adding and subtracting fractions, they must be homogeneous. You can read more about homogeneous and heterogeneous fractions in this post. It’s really easy to understand using visual aids, which we’ll take […]

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Dec18

Equivalent Fraction and Simplified Fraction

Equivalent Fraction and Simplified Fraction

In today’s post we’re going to find out what a simplified fraction is, how to simplify fractions and what equivalent fractions and irreductible fractions are. We need to start by understanding that there are fractions that look different, but represent the same amount. For example: let’s take the case of this fraction, four eighths. When […]

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