Comparing and Reducing Fractions

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Mixed numbers and improper fractions

In the previous lesson, you learned about mixed numbers. A mixed number has both a fraction and a whole number. An example is 1 2/3. You'd read 1 2/3 like this: one and two-thirds.

Another way to write this would be 5/3, or five-thirds. These two numbers look different, but they're actually the same. 5/3 is an improper fraction. This just means the numerator is larger than the denominator.

There are times when you may prefer to use an improper fraction instead of a mixed number. It's easy to change a mixed number into an improper fraction. Let's learn how:

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Try converting these mixed numbers into improper fractions.


Converting improper fractions into mixed numbers

Improper fractions are useful for math problems that use fractions, as you'll learn later. However, they're also more difficult to read and understand than mixed numbers. For example, it's a lot easier to picture 2 4/7 in your head than 18/7.

Click through the slideshow to learn how to change an improper fraction into a mixed number.

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Try converting these improper fractions into mixed numbers.

Assessment

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