Some fractions can (and should) be changed (reduced) to their lowest terms.

This is done by dividing the numerator and denominator by the same number. This

should be the largest possible number that will go into the numerator and denominator.

A fraction is said to be at its lowest terms when the numerator and denominator cannot

be divided by the same number to arrive at a lower numerator and denominator.

12.

What number goes into 9 and 12 evenly?

The answer is 3.

Divide the numerator by 3. 9 divided by 3 = 3.

9

= 3

12

Divide the denominator by 3. 12 divided by 3 = 4.

9= 3

12 4

Therefore, 9 can be reduced to 3

12

4.

These two fractions are equal in value.

Remember, reducing does not change the value of a fraction.

Improper fractions are changed to mixed or whole numbers by dividing the

numerator by the denominator.

4

6 = 6 **: **5 = 1 1 (a mixed number)

5

5

a. Identify the following as proper fractions, improper fractions, or mixed

numbers:

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