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How to Find Fraction of an Amount

18th January, 2021

Fraction of an Amount

What is a fraction?

A fraction is part of a whole. It could be 1/4 of a cake, or 3/5 of £15.00.

How to find a unit fraction of an amount

How to find 1/4 of a cake? Divide it into quarters, i.e. divide it into 4 equal slices and take 1 slice (yum!).

fraction of a cake

 

How to find 1/4 of 36? Divide it by 4

Fraction of an Amount - unit fraction

Divide by the denominator (the number on the bottom).

How to find fraction of an amount

How to find 3/4 of a cake? Divide it into quarters – and take 3 of those slices!

three slices of cake

 

How to find 3/4 of 36? Divide it by 4 – and take 3 lots of that.

Fraction of an Amount - three quarters

Divide by the denominator (the number on the bottom) and then multiply by the numerator (the number on the top).

(Some say to multiply by the numerator first, and the divide by the denominator, but that makes the numbers bigger first, and can be harder to compute without a calculator. Stick to the above method!)

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