Fraction (mathematics)

A fraction (frae Laitin: fractus, "broken") represents a pairt o a whole or, mair generally, ony nummer o equal pairts. When spoken in everyday Inglis, a fraction describes hou mony pairts o a certain size thare are, for example, ane-hauf, aicht-fifts, three-quarters. A common, vulgar, or simple fraction (examples: an 17/3) consists o an integer numerator, displayed abuin a line (or afore a slash), an a non-zero integer denominator, displayed ablo (or efter) that line. Numerators an denominators are an aa uised in fractions that are nae common, includin compound fractions, complex fractions, an mixed numerals.

A cake wi ane fowert (a quarter) removed. The remainin three fowerts are shawn. Dottit lines indicate whaur the cake mey be cut in order tae divide it intae equal parts. Each fowert o the cake is denotit bi the fraction ΒΌ.