What Is a Mixed Fraction?

What Is a Mixed Fraction?

A mixed fraction is a type of fraction.

A mixed fraction 'mixes' a whole number with a proper fraction.

Dictionary Definition

The Oxford English Dictionary defines a proper fraction as "a number consisting of an integer and a proper fraction; a mixed number."

Examples of Mixed Fractions

Here are some examples of mixed fractions:

Visualizing Mixed Fractions

A useful way of visualizing fractions is to picture it as a cake being cut into equal parts.

For mixed fractions, there is at least one whole cake, with some slices left over to make part of another whole cake:

See Also

What is a fraction? What is a numerator? What is a denominator? What is a proper fraction? What is an improper fraction? Converting mixed fractions to improper fractions Learn more about the types of fractions ( interactive widget)