Math Fractions for Beginners

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When approaching fractions for the first time it's always a good idea to start with the basics. Learn about math fractions for beginners with help from an experienced mathematics educator in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Marija. I'm a Mathematician and today, I'm going to tell you about fractions for beginners. So, the most important thing to know about fraction is that they are parts of wholes. And I would write it as part over whole. And what I mean by that is if I'm given a fraction such as three fourths, three is the part and four is the whole. Meaning there are four pieces that complete whatever it is that I'm dealing with. So, we'll draw a diagrams, you can do rectangles, squares, however you like to see it. I'm going to draw a rectangle and if three fourths is my fraction, then, like I said four is the whole. So, that means the four pieces would make up this entire diagram that I have here. The important thing with fractions is that you have equal pieces. So, if I have a ruler, I would make sure, but for right now, these look like they're almost equal pieces. Alright. So, four equal pieces make up the whole and now, three is the part that I'm dealing with. So, I'm going to go ahead and shade three parts of it and that represents three fourths. Okay, this represents a fraction three fourths. So, the simplest most important thing to remember about fraction is that they are parts of a whole, the numerator represents the part and the denominator represents how many pieces it would take to make up the entire fraction. My name is Marija and I just gave you an introduction on fractions.

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