Fractions - are in the fraction. Sometimes, it helps to...

Info iconThis preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Fractions fraction,  or fractional number, is used to represent a part of a whole. Fractions consist of two  numbers: a  numerator  (which is above the line) and a  denominator  (which is below the line).  The denominator tells you the number of equal parts into which something is divided. The numerator  tells you how many of these equal parts are being considered. Thus, if the fraction is  of a pie, the  denominator 5 tells you that the pie has been divided into five equal parts, of which 3 (numerator) 
Background image of page 1
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: are in the fraction. Sometimes, it helps to think of the dividing line (the middle of a fraction) as meaning out of. In other words, also means 3 out of 5 equal parts from the whole pie. Negative fractions Fractions may be negative as well as positive. (See the figure below.) However, negative fractions are typically written as follows:...
View Full Document

Ask a homework question - tutors are online