A whole number can be written as , , , etc.
So can be written as:
is known as a mixed number, because it is made up of a whole number and a fraction.
is called an improper fraction, because the top number is bigger than the bottom number.
You can write the whole number part as a fraction, with the same denominator as the other fraction, and then add the fractions together.
Here is another example:
You can separate the fraction into as many whole numbers as possible, with a smaller remaining fraction.
Another way to convert an improper fraction is to find how many whole numbers you get, by using a division.
For example let's convert to a mixed number again.
We start by dividing the top number by the bottom number.
divided by is remainder .
So the whole number part is , and the remainder means there are left over.
So the answer is
Write as a mixed number.
remainder , so:
If your calculator has a fraction button you can use this to convert from improper fractions to mixed numbers. Type in the improper fraction, press ' ', and the calculator will convert it to a mixed number.