are a specific type of that compare a part to a whole. They are written in the form
where the numerator
is the part and the denominator
is the whole.
There are many possible ways of reading fractions, but one universal method is saying
It should be noted that
can be greater than or equal to
When this happens, the fraction is called an improper fraction
. Otherwise, the fraction is called a proper fraction
Fractions are also another way to write a of the numerator by the denominator.
A fraction like
can be simplified
It is important to keep in mind that the denominator of a fraction can never be equal to
, since the of division by
is always .