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### Course: Arithmetic (all content)>Unit 5

Lesson 1: Fractions intro

# Cutting shapes into equal parts

Lindsay figures out if 4 pieces of pie are each equal to 1/4 of the pie. Created by Lindsay Spears.

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• Does a fraction have to be an equal? Why can it not be improper or not equal?
• By definition, the denominator (the bottom number) in a fraction tells you how many equal sized part will create 1 whole unit. For example: 3/4, the 4 tells you that it take 4 equally sized parts to make a whole unit. The 3 in the numerator tells you that you have 3 parts.

If a shape is cut into unequal portions, then you need to know the size of each portion to determine their fraction of the whole. Then, to find one fraction, you would have to add the fractions together to find the total fraction. You can only add fractions of equal size (denominators match), so there is a process you have to go thru to convert the fractions to a common denominator.

Hope this helps.
• is 1/4 = to 1/8?
• 1/8 is actually half of 1/4. Interesting!

That might sound strange because 8 is 2 times 4. But remember we are talking about fractions. If you imagine a pie that has been divided into 4 equal pieces and a pie of the same size that is divided into 8 equal pieces, each piece of the second pie is going to be half the size of the pieces in the first pie.

Think of it another way with only one pie. If you cut the pie into quarters (1/4) so you have 4 equal pieces of pie, and then cut each of those quarter pieces in half, you would have 8 pieces of the pie - each slice is now one eighth (1/8) of the pie. As you cut the quarter (1/4) in half, the eighth (1/8) is half the size of the quarter.

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• What happened to SAL?
• Ligma got him
• From to why didn't she use a pizza as the representation.
• Pizza or pie, they're both circles. So it doesn't matter which of those we use as a circle representation.
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• Wait - what happened to Sal? 🤯
• An improper fraction is when the denominator(the lower number)is smaller than the numerator(the upper number) is larger that is called a improper fraction.

Hope this helps