Fraction Math

What does the term “fraction math” signify? The term fraction, is derived from the Latin “fractus” which means broken; this is actually a concept that highlights a proportional relation between a whole object and a part of an object. In mathematics, a fraction will be represented as a ratio, where two numbers are related to each other in a part-to-whole relationship.

Fractions taught to children

The children are taught during their fraction math lessons that the fraction is a quotient of numbers; that is obtained result when the numerator is divided by the denominator. For instance, the fraction ¾ will imply three divided by four; as a percentage, it will be 75% and as a decimal, the output will be 0.75.

Fractions are actually rational numbers that implies that the denominator as well as the numerator is integer. Remember that a fraction, which has an equal numerator and denominator, will have the result as 1; suppose the fraction is 5/5, it will be equal to 1.

Fractions are used mostly where the denominator is smaller than the numerator. You will find that it is very simple to multiply 32 by 3/16; but multiplying 32 with the fraction’s decimal equivalent (0.1875) will be a complex process. You can change the fraction to a decimal by dividing the numerator with the denominator and rounding it off to a desired accuracy.

Other fraction lessons the children get

In fraction math, the children are also made familiar with comparing the fractions. When you compare fractions with the same denominator, you need to compare the numerators. Keep in mind that for comparing the fractions with different denominators, you will have to convert them to a common denominator. This is the “cross multiply” method where the top and bottom numbers are multiplied crosswise. Here, the product of the denominators will be used as a common denominator.

For fraction math, the children are also taught at school, how to go about adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing the fractions. This helps them in developing their mathematical skills for use in future. The children have to be acquainted with the numerators and the denominators and must know how to add, subtract, multiply as well as divide for doing well in fraction math.