How to Convert from Mixed Fractions to Improper Fractions (Mathematics Lesson)
Converting from Mixed to Improper FractionsMixed 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 QuestionConvert the mixed fraction below to an improper fraction.
The top number of the fraction (1) is called the numerator. The bottom number of the fraction (2) is called the denominator.
2 × 2 = 4
4 + 1 = 5
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 FractionsThe slider below shows another example of converting mixed fractions to improper fractions:
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 FractionsA mixed fraction is a type of fraction that 'mixes' a whole number with a fraction.
Improper or "Top-Heavy" FractionsAn 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.