What is a Fraction?
We use fractions in everyday situations, for
example, we talk about half an hour ( 2 1 ), three quarters of a mile ( 4 goods with a discount of one third ( 3 1 ).
3 ) or shops selling
You will be familiar with these everyday examples
of fractions. Each of these fractions consists of
part of a whole, for example, part of an hour,
part of a mile and part of the price. So, a
fraction is the whole divided into a number of
All fractions have a top and bottom number.
The top number is known as the NUMERATOR and
the bottom number is known as the DENOMINATOR.
The denominator tells us how many equal parts the
whole is divided into. The numerator tells us how
1 hr means
many parts we have. Half an hour or 2
that we divide the hour into 2 equal parts and we
have 1 part.
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