# PROPER AND IMPROPER FRACTION

Proper and Improper Fraction :

In this section, you will learn about proper fraction and improper fraction.

Proper Fraction :

In a proper fraction, the numerator will always be smaller than the denominator.

Examples :

2/5,  3/11

Improper Fraction :

In an improper fraction, the numerator will be equal to or larger than the denominator.

7/5,  3/2, 1/1

## Difference between Proper Fraction and Improper Fraction

 Proper FractionThe value of a proper fraction will always be smaller than 1. Improper FractionThe value of an improper fraction will be equal to 1 or larger than 1.

The picture shown below clearly illustrates this.

## Mixed Numerals

Mixed numeral is a quantity which is expressed as a whole number and a proper fraction.

Always its value will be greater than or equal to 1.

The picture given below clearly illustrates this.

## Conversions

1.  An improper fraction can be converted into a mixed numeral and vice versa.

2. A proper fraction can never be converted into a mixed numeral.

3. When we convert a mixed numeral into a fraction, always, we will get an improper fraction.

## Converting an Improper Fraction into Mixed Numeral

The picture given below illustrates, how to convert an improper fraction into mixed number.

## Converting a Mixed Numeral into an Improper Fraction

The picture given below illustrates how to write a mixed number as an improper fraction.

## Conversions between Different Types of Fractions - Examples

Example 1 :

Write the following improper fraction as mixed number.

275 / 3

Solution :

When we divide 275 by 3 as explained in the above picture, 3 goes into 275 by 91 times and we will have 2 left in 275.

By using the method explained in the picture above, the mixed fraction or mixed number which is equal to 275/3 is

91 2/3

Example 2 :

Write the following improper fraction as mixed number.

75 / 8

Solution :

When we divide 75 by 8 as explained in the above picture, 8 goes into 75 by 9 times and we will have 3 left in 75.

By using the method explained in the picture above, the mixed fraction or mixed number which is equal to 75/8 is

9 3/8

Example 3 :

Convert the following mixed number into an improper fraction.

2 4/7

Solution :

Improper fraction  =  18/7

Example 4 :

Convert the following mixed number into an improper fraction.

12 8/9

Solution :

Improper fraction  =  116/9

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