# Converting from Mixed to Improper Fractions

Mixed fractions can be converted to improper fractions.

• A mixed fraction has a whole number and a fraction.

• An improper fraction (or top-heavy fraction) is a fraction where the top number is greater than (or equal to) the bottom number.

# How to Convert from Improper to Mixed Fractions

#### An Example Question

Convert the mixed fraction below to an improper fraction.
Don't forget: A mixed fraction has a 'whole number' part (2 in our example) and a 'fraction' part (½).

The top number of the fraction (1) is called the numerator. The bottom number of the fraction (2) is called the denominator.

Step 1
Multiply the whole number (2) by the denominator of the fraction (2).

2 × 2 = 4
Step 2
Take this answer (4) and add the numerator (1) of the fraction part of the mixed fraction.

4 + 1 = 5
Step 3
Make this the numerator of the improper fraction.

Step 4
Take the denominator from the fraction part of the mixed fraction (2) and make this the denominator of the improper fraction.

Step 5
Simplify the fraction if possible. (The fraction in our example is already as simple as possible.)

5/2 (five-halves) is 2 1/2 (two and a half) written as a mixed fraction.

# A Real Example of How to Convert from Mixed to Improper Fractions

The slider below shows another example of converting mixed fractions to improper fractions:
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Here's a second test on converting mixed fractions to improper fractions.
Here's a third test on converting mixed fractions to improper fractions.

# What Is a Fraction?

A fraction is a part of a whole number.

Fractions consist of a numerator and a denominator.

There are three different types of fractions:

# Mixed Fractions

A mixed fraction is a type of fraction that 'mixes' a whole number with a fraction.

# Improper or "Top-Heavy" Fractions

An improper fraction is a type of fraction, where the numerator is greater than or equal to the denominator.

Improper fractions are sometimes called "top-heavy" fractions, because the top of the fraction is bigger than the bottom.