Here we will review some common terms your kids and their teachers will use when they talk about fractions. We want you to be able to speak the same language so pay attention to these common definitions.
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Denominator: The number on the bottom of a fraction
For example, in this fraction: the denominator is 4
Numerator: The number on the top of a fraction
For example, in this fraction: the numerator is 3
Simple Fraction: A simple fraction is a fraction where the numerator and the denominator are both integers (aka whole numbers).
For example: is a simple fraction, since both 3 and 4 are integers.
Proper Fraction: Fractions where the numerator is less than the denominator.
For example: is a proper fraction.
Improper Fraction: Fractions where the denominator is greater than the numerator.
For example: is an improper fraction.
Mixed Numeral: Numbers with both a whole number and a fraction
For example: has both a whole number and a fraction .
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