c. MIXED NUMBER--A mixed number is a combination of a whole number and

a proper fraction.

Examples:

1 1/2, 6 1/4, 12 1/2.

a.

To change an improper fraction to a mixed number:

(1)

Divide the denominator into the numerator.

(2)

Reduce the remaining fraction to its lowest terms, if possible.

b.

For example:

Improper

Fraction Mixed Number

3/2 = 3 2 =

(1)

1 1/2

5/4 = 5 4 =

(2)

1 1/4

9/6 = 9 6 =

(3)

1 3/6 = 1 1/2*

* The fraction 3/6 was reduced to its lowest terms 1/2.

c.

Change the following improper fractions to mixed numbers:

(1)

7/5

=

________

________ = ________

(2)

14/3 =

________

________ = ________

(3)

22/4 =

________

________ = ________

(4)

8/7

=

________

________ = ________

Answers: (1) 1 2/5,

(2) 4 2/3,

(3) 5 1/2,

(4) 1 1/7

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