Understand What a Fraction Is and When It Is Used
With this post, we are going to understand the notion of a fraction as a part of a whole, as a division of natural numbers and its position on the number line.
What is a fraction?
A fraction represents the number of parts that we have of a whole that is divided into equal parts. Fractions are represented by two numbers that are separated by a fraction line.
The terms that we use for fractions are the “numerator” and the “denominator.” The numerator is the number of parts that we have and the denominator is the total number of parts that make up the whole.
Let’s look at an example:
We have different shapes and we’ll divide each one of them into a number of equal parts, which is the denominator.
The number of colored parts is the numerator.
How do we read a fraction?
The numerator is read with cardinal numbers: one, two, three, ten, twenty-four,…
The denominator is read with fractional numbers: halves, thirds, fourths,…
Types of Fractions
- Proper Fractions: When the numerator is less than the denominator.
- Improper Fractions: When the numerator is greater than the denominator.
- Whole Fractions: When the numerator is equal to the denominator.
Check out previous posts from our blog where you can learn much more about fractions:
- Types of fractions
- Word problems with fractions
- Equivalent fractions
- Sum of fractions
- Subtracting fractions
- How to multiply fractions
- Dividing fractions
And if you want to learn much more elementary math, try Smartick for free and have fun!
- Types of Fractions: Proper, Improper, Fractions Equal to One
- Practice Estimating Fractions with Examples
- Understanding Fractions: “If the Whole Is Made of 8 Parts, How Can I Have 11?”
- Using the Number Line to Compare Fractions
- Using Mixed Numbers to Represent Improper Fractions
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