How to Convert from Improper Fractions to Mixed Fractions
How to Convert from Improper Fractions to Mixed Fractions
Improper fractions can be converted to mixed fractions.

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

A mixed fraction has a whole number and a fraction.
How to Convert from Improper to Mixed Fractions
Question
Convert the improper fraction below to a mixed fraction.
StepbyStep:
1
Divide the top number (called the numerator) of the fraction by the bottom number (called the denominator).
Express it as a quotient and a remainder.
5 ÷ 2 = 2 r 1
Don't forget: If a number does not divide exactly into another, you get a quotient (2 in our example) and a remainder (1) that is left over.
r means remainder. See the Note.
2
Use the answer from Step 1...
2 r 1
to write the mixed fraction.
Write the quotient (2) as the whole number part of the mixed fraction.
3
Use the answer from Step 1...
2 r 1
to write the mixed fraction.
Write the remainder (1) as the numerator of the fraction part of the mixed fraction.
4
Find the denominator of the fraction.
2 ^{1}/_{?}
The denominator of the original improper fraction (2) becomes the denominator of the fraction part of the mixed fraction.
5
Simplify the fraction if possible. (The fraction in our example is already as simple as possible).
Answer:
2 ^{1}/_{2} (two and a half) is ^{5}/_{2} (fivehalves) written as a mixed fraction.