Hands-on math!

Improper fraction

An improper fraction is a fraction that has a numerator larger than it's denominator.
Here are a few improper fractions:

  3/2         4/3        5/2        12/5         9/5

You can convert an improper fraction to a mixed number by dividing the numerator by the denominator and leaving the remainder over the denominator as a fraction. So the improper fractions above would become the following mixed numbers:

 1 1/2      1 1/3        2 1/2      2  2/5           
Whoa! I didn't convert the last improper fraction (9/5) because I want you to do that one!

    9/5 = __________

For some practice with improper fractions and mixed numbers see the Math Pak Unit 10 .