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Fraction definitions

  • A fraction represents a part of a whole or, more generally, any number of equal parts.
  • The denominator (the number on the bottom of the fraction) tells us how many parts the object is divided into.
  • The numerator (the part on the top of the fraction) tells us how many of these parts we have.
  • An improper fraction is a fraction where the numerator is larger than the denominator, for example, \(\displaystyle\frac{3}{2}\).
  • A mixed number has a whole number with a fraction, for example \(\displaystyle 1\frac{1}{2}\).

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