**Table of Contents**

- Significance of Mixed Fractions in Real Life
- Did You Know?
- What’s Next?

In the previous segment, we learnt about **Mixed fraction and its parts. **In this segment let us understand the significance of mixed fractions.

## What do mixed fractions signify?

The improper fraction 7 is another representation of the mixed fraction

2

3 1.

2

Suppose if we say Haritha ate 3 1 pancakes instead of 7 pancakes, it is easier to understand.

2 2

3 1 means 3 + 1. So, 3 1 pancakes mean 3 pancakes and half of another pancake. Thus, mixed

2 2 2

fractions provide a better idea about the value of a number.

For example,

10 3 represents a number whose value is a little more than 10.

5

Similarly, 73 1 represents a number whose value is a little more than 73.

7

## Did you know?

The first noted evidence of the use of fractions dates back to 2000 BC in Egypt, where fractions were used to calculate taxes. The land belonging to an individual was divided into sections, and each section was taxed a certain amount.

The same idea was adopted by the British in 1550 AD for profits of a voyage that had to be paid.

## What’s next?

In our next segment of Class 6 Maths, we will learn **how to convert an improper fraction to a mixed fraction.**