Do you know that you can eat fractions? Yes! yes! that tasty slice of pizza you ate the other day? And the square piece of chocolate you had today. What about the tangy orange you eat in summer? All these are fractions.
The word fraction is made of the Latin word ‘Fractio’. It means to break. But what exactly is a fraction? Let us quickly understand the yummy fractions that you come across in your daily life. Fraction means part of a whole Divide something into equal parts and take out a few parts. Those few parts are fractions of the whole. Check out fractions of a ‘Roti’ your mother cooks for you.
Did you notice that the parts taken out are written on the top? It is called the numerator of the fraction. The total number of parts, called the denominator, is written down.
Do you know that you also tell the time in fractions?
There are different types of fractions around us. Two-thirds and 1/8 are examples of proper fractions. The numerator is smaller than the denominator. In some fractions, the numerator can be equal to or bigger than the denominator, like 7/5. When you score 10/10 on your test, it is an improper fraction. Some fractions are a mix of a number and a fraction. What should they be called? Mixed fractions. Did you realize that you have just learnt the Class 7 Maths NCERT book topic Fractions? Wasn’t it easy and fun? If you know fractions, you can easily understand decimals. Check out this infographic to quickly revise Fractions.
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