A fraction is a representation of a ‘whole’.

Fractions are used quite often in everyday life from dividing pizza slices to receiving marks on an exam e.g. 22 out of 24 on a maths paper.

The same fraction can be represented in many different ways. A reason why this holds, is because you could always factor a common term on the numerator and denominator to divide through by and be left with \frac { 1 }{ 2 }.


½ is a half but can also be represented as \frac { 5 }{ 10 }, \frac { 6 }{ 12 } and infinite many different fractions because 5 is half of 10, 6 is half of 12 and so on.