Fraction

Definition of Fraction

  • A fraction is a number that represents part of a whole.
  • A fraction is written in the form , where .
  • A fraction is a way of writing numbers that are not whole numbers.

More about Fractions

  • The top number of a fraction is called the numerator.
  • The bottom number of a fraction is called the denominator.

Examples of Fraction 

  •  is a fraction, with numerator 1 and denominator 2.
  • In the figure shown, 7 out of 12 boxes are shaded. The fraction names the shaded part.
       
       
       

Solved Example on Fraction

Bob has three crayons. He lost one of them in his school. What fraction of the crayons is he left with?

Choices:

A.

B.

C. 0

D.

Correct Answer: A

Step 1: Number of crayons that Bob had = 3

Step 2: Number of crayons left with Bob after losing 1 crayon = 2.

Step 3: Fraction of crayons left with Bob = Number of crayons left with Bob / Number of crayons that Bob had in the beginning.

Step 4: =

Related Terms for Fraction

  • Division
  • Ratio
  • Proportion

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