## 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.Table of Contents

## 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!).

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

### 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!

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

### 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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