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Mixed Numbers

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Remember that fractions are used to count a part of something.
      of this square is red. 

Mixed numbers are used when you need to count whole things AND parts of things at the same time.

Check this out:

How much of these squares is red?

red square      red square      red square     

There are 3 whole squares and of another square...

We write it like this:

and read it like "three and one fourth."

It's really

But, we don't put the "+" in... This is why we say the "and."

Head on over to the next page to try some fraction practice problems...