Fractions, in mathematics mean an expression representing a part, or several equal parts, of a unit.
Components of a Fraction
A fraction is a number that is written in the form:
For example, the following pizza has been cut into three equal parts.
For the example, the parts are called thirds. A third is written as
Fractions are used when representing numbers that describe the parts of a whole. The fraction a/b also can be read as "a out of b," "a over b," or "a divided by b."
There are some restrictions on a and b.
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t's a good idea to recognise fractions when they are written as words.
History of Fractions
The word fracton actually comes from the Latin "fractio" which means to break. To understand how fractions have developed into the form we recognise, we'll have to step back even further in time to discover what the first number systems were like.
Who first used fractions? Were they always written in the same way? How did fractions reach us here? If you would like to read more about Fractions, please click here
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