Fractions say how many portions of number or any particular value of a whole. It is often called the part or segment or division of any quantity, in other words. It is denoted using the symbol / such as a/b. For example, the number at the top is the numerator in 2/4, whilst the number below is the denominator.
A fraction is a number which describes the equal parts of a whole. Suppose you have to divide a number into four pieces, then it’s expressed as x/4. So here, the fraction, x/4, determines 1/4th of number x.
Types of fractions
The fractions are classified into three types.
A proper fraction is a fraction which numerator value is less than that of the denominator.
⅗, 6/7, 8/9 and so on.
- Improper fraction
An improper fraction has its numerator greater than the denominator.
12/5, 9/2, 11/3, and so on.
- Like fractions
When two fractions have the same denominator, then they are said to be like fractions.
Examples: 5/2 and 7/2
When two fractions have different denominators, then they are said to be unlike fractions.
Examples: 3/2 and 4/3.