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Understand fractions: FAQ

Frequently asked questions about understanding fractions.

What is a fraction?

A fraction is a way of representing a part of a whole. The top number is called the numerator, and the bottom number is called the denominator.
The start color #9e034e, start text, n, u, m, e, r, a, t, o, r, end text, end color #9e034e is the number of equal parts being counted.
The start color #0c7f99, start text, d, e, n, o, m, i, n, a, t, o, r, end text, end color #0c7f99 is the number of equal parts in one whole.
start fraction, start color #9e034e, start text, n, u, m, e, r, a, t, o, r, end text, end color #9e034e, divided by, start color #0c7f99, start text, d, e, n, o, m, i, n, a, t, o, r, end text, end color #0c7f99, end fraction

What does it mean when the numerator is bigger than the denominator?

It means that the fraction is bigger than 1.
For example, start fraction, start color #9e034e, 4, end color #9e034e, divided by, start color #0c7f99, 3, end color #0c7f99, end fraction is greater than 1 because the number of pieces we are counting, start color #9e034e, 4, end color #9e034e is greater than the number of pieces in the whole, start color #0c7f99, 3, end color #0c7f99.
A circle is divided into three equal parts. One part is shaded.
A circle is divided into three equal parts. All three parts are shaded.

How do we show fractions on a number line?

We can divide the number line into different parts to show where a fraction falls. For example, if we divide the number line into four equal parts, we can show start fraction, 1, divided by, 4, end fraction halfway between 0 and start fraction, 1, divided by, 2, end fraction.

How can we relate fractions to 1?

A fraction is greater than 1 when the numerator is greater than the denominator.
A fraction is equal to 1 when the numerator is equal to the denominator.
A fraction is less than 1 when the numerator is less than the denominator.

Why do we need to learn about fractions?

Fractions are used in many different ways in the real world. For example, recipes often call for fractions of ingredients, like start fraction, 1, divided by, 2, end fraction a cup of sugar. We also use fractions in measurements, like start fraction, 3, divided by, 4, end fraction of an inch.

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    How can you tell if a fraction is less,greater,or = to a half or a whole too.
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      If a fraction is a whole then it means that the numerator (the top number) is equal to the denominator (the bottom number). If the numerator is more than the denominator, it is greater than a whole, and if the numerator is less, it is less than a whole. The same goes for a half -- for example, 7/14. 7*2 is 14. If the numerator *2 is equal to the denominator, it is exactly half. If the numerator *2 is less than the denominator, it is less than half. And finally, if the numerator *2 is more than the denominator, it is greater than half.
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    sometimes it could be hard because it might confuse you.But there is a way to solve your equation!when there is an image and it says a fraction to solve you may wanna look at the bottom first of the fraction equation.then look at the top of the fraction equation for example 3/6. sometimes you think it might be at the top but it starts at the bottom.from the fraction equation now you look at one of your images of which one is the right one.
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