Table of Contents
- Introduction to Fractions
– Parts of a Fraction
- Proper Fraction
- Did You Know?
- What’s Next?
In the first segment of the lesson Fractions and Decimals, we will learn about the Fractions.
What are Fractions?
Fractions are the numbers used to represent smaller pieces of a whole. Let us understand with the help of an example.
Harish and Haritha bought a pizza together. The pizza was cut into 12 slices. Harish had 7 slices
out of the 12 slices. So we can say Harish had 7
of the entire pizza. Haritha ate the remaining 5
slices out of the 12 slices. So Haritha had 5
parts of the entire pizza. Here, 7
Parts of a fraction
A fraction is made up of 3 parts:
- Vinculum: In a fraction, the horizontal line that separates the upper and lower number is known as the Vinculum.
- Numerator: The number above the vinculum is known as the Numerator.
- Denominator: The number below the vinculum is known as the Denominator.