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Shortcut: Converting an Improper fraction to a mixed fraction

Follow these five steps to convert an improper fraction to a mixed number

1.Place the numerator as the dividend of a division problem.

2.The denominator becomes the divisor.

3.The quotient becomes the whole number

4.The remainder becomes the numerator of the mixed number

5.The divisor becomes the denominator of the mixed fraction.

There are three types of fractions

Proper Improper Mixed Fraction

A mixed fraction which is also called a mixed number is a combination of a whole number and a fraction.

Examples of mixed numbers

2 ⅓ 5 ½ 6 ⅛

Let’s break down a mixed number

You may be asked to convert an improper fraction to a mixed fraction.

Follow these steps

Step 1. Divide the numerator of the improper fraction by the denominator.

Step 2. After dividing the numerator the whole number becomes the whole number of the mixed fraction.

Step 3. The remainder becomes the numerator of the fraction

Step 4. The denominator of the improper fraction becomes the denominator of the mixed fraction

For example, 7/6

7 divided by 6 = 1 with a remainder of 1

The whole number is 1 and the fraction is ⅙

1 1/6 mixed number

9/5

9 divided by 5 = 1 with a remainder of 4

The whole number is 1 and the fraction is ⅘

1 4/5 mixed number

9/2

9 divided by 2 = 4 with remainder of 1

The whole number is 4 and the fraction is ½

4 1/2 Mixed Fraction

7/6

7 divided by 6 = 1 with a remainder of 1

The whole number is 1 and the fraction is ⅙

1 ⅙ Mixed Fraction

6/3

6 divided by 3 = 2 and no remainder

Whole number = 2

What about converting a mixed number to an improper fraction?

2 ⅔

Multiply the denominator and the whole number. 3 x 2 = 6

Add this answer to the numerator. 6 + 2 = 8

This answer equal the numerator of the improper fractions

Put this over the denominator 8/3

2 ¾

4 x 2 = 8

8 + 3 = 11

11/4

3/4 6/5 2 1/5

Alternate method: Improper fraction to a mixed number

An improper fraction is a fraction in which the numerator is larger than the denominator.

In other words the top number is larger than the bottom number. Notice in these examples of improper fractions that the numerator is larger than the denominator.