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Fractions vocabulary


Fraction Not a whole number - from Latin meaning breaking
Vulgar fraction Generally considered a fraction in which the numerator is smaller than the denominator
Simplest looking fraction Most often called (gasp) Simplest form - a fraction that can not be renamed with a smaller numerator and denominator - has no common factors in the numerator & denominator - ALL ANSWERS ALWAYS ARE TO RENAMED TO SIMPLEST LOOKING FORM
Oversized or top heavy fraction Most often called (gasp) Improper fraction - represents a number greater than one - it is often easier to work with improper fractions than mixed number
Denominator The bottom number in a fraction - from latin meaning held in common
Numerator The top number in a fraction - from latin meaning number or counter
Solidua The line in a fraction when written as 3/5 - ften called the fraction bar
Vinculum The line in a fraction when written numerator over the denominator - often called the fraction bar
Équivalent fraction Two or more fractions that are identical in meaning but not appearance
First student to see this list and tell Mr. G. gets one extra point on his or her next quiz!
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Percent From Latin per centum meaning of 100