To convert a mixed number to an improper, you need to do these steps:
(Let's say convert 4¼ to an improper fraction)
- First, you need to know that the whole would be something like 4/4. So the question is 4 wholes.
- Then multiply the wholes by the denominator, that will show you how many there will be. So 4 x 4 = 16.
And that is how you convert mixed fractions/numbers to improper fractions.
To convert an improper fraction to a mixed, you can do these steps:
(The number is...18/4)
- Find out how many times the denominator would fit into the number (18), by dividing the numerator by the denominator. (
4 wholes,= 16 pieces.)
- Then, after dividing it. You will see a decimal point after, which means what is left. (Which is 2 in this...) which equals 2/4.
- Then add the whole and the fraction together. (4+2/4 = 4 2/4)
- If, the number ends up being something like 4 2/4, then you have to turn it into lowest terms. With even numbers you just divide it by 2 then continue till you get to lowest terms. (4 1/2 is lowest terms by the way.)
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