Online Test Banks
Score higher
See Online Test Banks
eLearning
Learning anything is easy
Browse Online Courses
Mobile Apps
Learning on the go
Explore Mobile Apps
Dummies Store
Shop for books and more
Start Shopping

How to Change Improper Fractions to Mixed Numbers

Changing improper fractions to mixed numbers can help you better understand the result of an algebraic problem. Improper fractions are simply top-heavy fractions whose numerators (the numbers on top) are bigger than their denominators. Mixed numbers contain both a whole number and a fraction.

Example: Change the improper fraction 402/11 to a mixed number.

  1. Divide the numerator by the denominator.

    Divide 402 by 11, which equals 36 with a remainder of 6.

    402 11 = 36 r6

  2. Find the whole number.

    The whole number is the number of times the denominator divides into the numerator.

    11 (the denominator) divides into 402 (the numerator) 36 times, so 36 is the whole number.

  3. Make the remainder the new numerator.

    Because the remainder (the leftover value) of dividing 402 by 11 is 6, 6 is the new numerator. The denominator is still 11. So, the mixed fraction is:

    image0.png

    This mixed fraction is much easier to understand!

blog comments powered by Disqus
Advertisement

Inside Dummies.com

Dummies.com Sweepstakes

Win $500. Easy.