Basic Concepts of Fractions

Basics of Fractions

Basic Concepts of Fractions

Last Updated on Nov 18, 2019

A fraction simply tells us how many parts of a whole we have. You can recognize a fraction by the slash that is written between the two numbers. We have a top number, the numerator, and a bottom number, the denominator. For example, 3/6 is a fraction. You can write it with a slanted slash like we have or you can write the 1 on top of the 2 with the slash between the two numbers. The 3 is the numerator, and the 6 is the denominator.

What does this fraction mean? Well, if we picture a pizza, the bottom number tells us how many slices to slice the pizza, and the top number tells us how many of those slices we can have. So 3/6 tells us that we have sliced our pizza into six slices, and we can take three of those slices. Isn't that half of the pizza? So 3/6 of a pizza is half a pizza!


This video lays out the basics of fractions. Understanding this topic well is necessary to solve questions that are asked in various competitive exams in the Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude section - applicable to CAT, XAT, MAT, SNAP, IIFT, CLAT, AILET, DU LLB, any other entrance exam as well.
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