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Fractions Introduction: Improper Fractions to Mixed Fractions

Our first example will be the improper fraction 5/3. To change an improper fraction into a mixed fraction, we just do three things:

1) Do the division: how many times does 3 go into 5? 1. This is the number of the mixed fraction.

2) What is the remainder of the division? 2. The fraction is the remainder over the denominator (bottom). In this example, 2/3.

3) The improper fraction 5/3 is equal to the mixed fraction 1 2/3.

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Here's another example: 11/5

1) Do the division: how many times does 5 go into 11? 2. This is the number of the mixed fraction.

2) What is the remainder of the division? 1. The fraction is the remainder over the denominator (bottom). In this example, 1/5.

3) The improper fraction 11/5 is equal to the mixed fraction 2 1/5.

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