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# Converting Mixed Fractions to Improper Fractions

(KS2, Year 3)

## The Lesson

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

## 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-by-Step:

# 1

# 2

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

4 + 1 = 5

# 3

Make this the numerator of the improper fraction.

# 4

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

# 5

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

## Answer:

^{5}/

_{2}(five-halves) is 2

^{1}/

_{2}(two and a half) written as a mixed fraction.

## 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

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

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