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Fraction Definitions

There are a few basic fraction definitions you need to be aware of before we start looking at things you can do with them.

In Math . . .

If a and b are integers then the quotient a / b is called a fraction. The a number is called the numerator; the b number is called the denominator.

In English . . .

A fraction is just one integer divided by another, e.g. 3/4 or -2/3. Fractions have two parts:


The position of negative signs sometimes causes a little confusion. Ultimately, it doesn't matter whether a negative sign goes in the numerator, the denominator or in front of the fraction.

-3 = 3 = - 3
4 -4 4