Fractions

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Definition of a fraction

A number written as $\frac{a}{b}$, where $a$ is an integer and $b$ is a non-zero integer, is called a fraction.
Number $a$ is called a numerator, and $b$ is called a denominator. A fraction represents a part of a whole or any number of equal parts.
The denominator shows how many equal parts make up a whole, and the numerator shows how many of these parts we have.

Examples of fractions

Example 1: Becky, Merry and John want to share a chocolate bar evenly.
What part of the bar will each of them take?
What part of the bar will Becky and Merry have together?

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The children need to divide the bar into three pieces. So everyone will take $\frac{1}{3}$ of the chocolate bar.
Two girls together will have two pieces, hence, mathematically speaking, they will have $\frac{2}{3}$ of the bar.

Example 2: What part of the soldiers are yellow soldiers?

soldiers fraction example

Example 3: What part of the apples is missing?

fraction example

Properties of fractions

Property I: All hatched parts of the circles represent one half $\frac{1}{2}, \frac{2}{4}$ and $\frac{3}{6}$, hence $\frac{1}{2} = \frac{2}{4} = \frac{3}{6}$

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We get $\frac{2}{4}$ when we multiply the numerator and the denominator of the fraction $\frac{1}{2}$ by $2$.

We obtain $\frac{3}{6}$ by multiplying the numerator and the denominator of $\frac{1}{2}$ by $3$.


Let $a$ be an integer and $b$ and $c$ be non-zero integers.
Then:

$\frac{a}{b}=\frac{a\cdot c}{b\cdot c}$ and $\frac{a}{b}=\frac{a:c}{b:c}$

a
b
=
a.c
b.c
and
a
b
=
a:c
b:c

Property II: If two fractions have equal denominators, the fraction with the larger numerator is larger.
If $a$, $b$ and $c$ are integers and $c$ does not equal $0$:

$\frac{a}{c}>\frac{b}{c}$, if $a>b$

a
c
>
b
c
, if a > b

Property III: If two fractions have equal numerators, the fraction with the smaller denominator is larger.
If $a$, $b$ and $c$ are integers, and both $b$ and $c$ are non-zero,

$\frac{a}{b}>\frac{a}{c}$, if $b< c$

a
b
>
a
c
, if b < c

Fraction Test

1. A tennis player won $6$ out of first $12$ sets. Then he won all of the remaining $6$ sets. What part of the sets did the player win?
$\frac{1}{3}$      $\frac{2}{3}$      $\frac{1}{2}$     

2. A boy had $\$36$. After a couple of hours of shopping he had $\$8$ left. What part of his money did he spend?
$\frac{2}{9}$      $\frac{2}{7}$      $\frac{7}{9}$     

3. There were $12$ girls in a class of $30$ students. Then $6$ boys joined the class. What part of the class are the girls?
$\frac{1}{2}$      $\frac{3}{5}$      $\frac{1}{3}$     

4. If the fraction $\frac{n}{40}$ is between $\frac{1}{5}$ and $\frac{1}{4}$ then n is
$8$      $9$      $10$     

5. $\frac{6}{24}$ is equal to:
$\frac{1}{4}$      $\frac{3}{4}$      $\frac{6}{12}$     

6. Which of the fractions is twice larger than $\frac{3}{8}$?
$\frac{6}{16}$      $\frac{3}{16}$      $\frac{3}{4}$     

7.* Which of the following fractions is the largest: $\frac{12}{13}, \frac{13}{14}, \frac{14}{15}$ or $\frac{15}{16}$?
$\frac{15}{16}$      $\frac{12}{13}$      $\frac{14}{15}$     

8. Which of the following sequences has fractions arranged in a descending order?
1: $\frac{7}{11}, \frac{5}{8}, \frac{3}{5}, \frac{2}{3}$;
2: $\frac{4}{3}, \frac{7}{11}, \frac{5}{8}, \frac{3}{5}$;
3: $\frac{21}{11}, \frac{2}{3}, \frac{3}{5}, \frac{5}{8}$
$2$      $3$      $1$     

9.* Which of the following sequences has  fractions arranged in an ascending order?
1: $\frac{13}{19}, \frac{13}{23}, \frac{17}{23}$;
2: $\frac{13}{23}, \frac{17}{23}, \frac{13}{19}$;
3: $\frac{13}{23}, \frac{13}{19}, \frac{17}{23}$;
$1$      $2$      $3$     

10. Calculate $\frac{20+4.3}{120}$:
$\frac{2}{5}$      $\frac{3}{5}$      $\frac{4}{15}$     

11. Calculate $\frac{1+2+3+4+5}{1\cdot2\cdot3\cdot4\cdot5}$:
$5$      $1$      $\frac{1}{8}$     

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