**What's A Fraction?**- A fraction is a number. It is a number written as the ratio or comparison of two numbers. The top number is compared to the bottom number. The numerator is compared to the denominator.
**What's the Job of the Top Number?**- The number on the top of the fraction is the numerator, the
**NUMBERER**. It states "how many pieces are involved." **What's the Job of the Bottom Number?**- The number on the bottom of the fraction is the denominator, the
**NAMER**. It states "the name of the size of the piece." It is the number of equal pieces in one whole." **So, What Is A Fraction?**- A fraction is a number written so as to compare the number of pieces involved to the number of pieces in one whole.
- The fraction one-half, written in symbols as 1/2, means "one piece, where it takes two pieces to make a whole." The fraction a half, written in symbols as 1/2, means "one piece, where it takes two pieces to make a whole."
- The fraction one-fourth, written in symbols as 1/4, means "one piece, where it takes four pieces to make a whole." The fraction one-quarter, written in symbols as 1/4, means "one piece, where it takes 4 pieces to make a whole."
- The fraction three-quarters, written in symbols as 3/4, means "three pieces, where it takes four pieces to make a whole."
- The fraction six-eighths, written in symbols as 6/8, means "six pieces, where it takes eight pieces to make a whole."
**When Are Two Different Fractions Equal?**- Two fractions are equal when they name the same number. It is often the case that two fractions are equal. One-half (1/2) names the same number as two-quarters (2/4), or as three sixths (3/6), or as four-eights (4/8). Three-fourths (3/4) is equal to six-eights (6/8) because they are different ways of expressing the same number.

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