## What are mixed fractions?

### Mixed fractions, also known as mixed numbers, are a combination of a whole number and a fraction

Mixed fractions, also known as mixed numbers, are a combination of a whole number and a fraction. They are used to represent quantities that are not whole numbers, but are greater than one.

A mixed fraction is made up of three parts: the whole number, the numerator, and the denominator. The whole number represents the number of whole units, the numerator represents the number of parts that are considered, and the denominator represents the total number of equal parts the whole is divided into.

For example, consider the mixed fraction 3 1/4. In this case, the whole number is 3, the numerator is 1, and the denominator is 4. This mixed fraction can be interpreted as 3 whole units and 1 out of 4 equal parts.

Mixed fractions can also be converted into improper fractions or vice versa. To convert a mixed fraction into an improper fraction, you multiply the whole number by the denominator and then add the numerator to get the new numerator. The denominator remains the same. For instance, converting 3 1/4 into an improper fraction, you multiply 3 by 4 and then add 1 to get 13 as the new numerator. The denominator remains as 4, resulting in the improper fraction 13/4.

Conversely, to convert an improper fraction into a mixed fraction, you divide the numerator by the denominator to get the whole number part, and the remainder becomes the new numerator while the denominator remains the same. For example, converting the improper fraction 13/4 into a mixed fraction, you divide 13 by 4 to get 3 as the whole number and the remainder is 1, which becomes the numerator. Thus, the mixed fraction representation of 13/4 is 3 1/4.

Mixed fractions are commonly used in everyday life, such as in cooking recipes, measurements, and in the representation of time.

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