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Lesson 3: What fractions mean

# Identifying numerators and denominators

We'll explore a video about identifying numerators and denominators in fractions. Together, we'll learn that the numerator is the top number, and the denominator is the bottom number. We'll also use pie charts to visually represent fractions and connect this concept to real-life situations for our students. Created by Sal Khan and Monterey Institute for Technology and Education.

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• What is a denominator and why is it called that?
• you could think of it as being 2 neghbors, numerator and denominator, denominator living on floor 1 and numerator on floor 2!
• Wait...So can you reduce a fraction?
• yes why not you can do cancllation and reduce a fration
• Can someone give me an in-depth explanation of what are numerators and denominators? Give me a definitive definition of a fraction!
I am confused...
• The fraction has two parts, the numerator and the denominator. The numerator is at the top, and the denominator is at the bottom. The numerator tells how many equal parts they’re showing or shading and the denominator tells how many equal parts are in a whole.
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• the denominator is the number at the bottom right?
• yes denominator at the bottom and numerator at the top
• Why is the bottom of the fraction called a denominator?
• In Latin:
"denominator" = that which names

The denominator of a fraction tells you the name of the part (one half, one third, one six thousand three hundred seventy first, etc.)
The numerator tells you how many of those parts there are.
• So.....can you make the Denominator smaller ?+_+
• As a more in-depth answer, you can, but only if its divisible by two or a larger number, but ONLY if the numerator is divisible by the SAME number the denominator is.
• I get lost between the difference of "The number of equal parts in all the wholes" and "The number of equal parts in one whole" in the practice question. Can someone explain it to me? thanks!
• I just looked at a couple of the practice problems. The denominator = the number of equal parts that make one whole unit. The numerator is the number of parts you are counting. The option for "the number of equal parts in all the wholes" appears to be a false option to see if you understand the meaning for numerator/denominator. It really doesn't fit the definition of either one.
• I've been trying to understand these questions, I continue to level down on being able to recognize fractions. I'm not getting it.can someone break this down for me please.
• When a figure is divided into equal parts, the fraction that is represented by the shaded area is the number of parts shaded over the total number of parts.

Example: suppose a figure is divided into 7 equal parts. Suppose 4 of the parts are shaded (so 3 of the parts are unshaded). Then the shaded area would represent the fraction 4/7.

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