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**Chapter 2 Fractions McGraw-Hill/Irwin**

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**Learning Unit Objectives**

#2 Fractions Learning Unit Objectives Types of Fractions and Conversion Procedures LU2.1 Recognize the three types of fractions Convert improper fractions to whole or mixed numbers and mixed numbers to improper fractions Convert fractions to lowest and highest terms 2-2

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**Learning Unit Objectives**

#2 Fractions Learning Unit Objectives LU2.2 Adding and Subtraction of Fractions Add like and unlike fractions Find the least common denominator (LCD) by inspection and prime numbers Subtract like and unlike fractions Add and subtract mixed numbers with the same or different denominators 2-3

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**Learning Unit Objectives**

#2 Fractions Learning Unit Objectives LU2.3 Multiplying and Dividing Fractions Multiply and divide proper fractions and mixed numbers Use the cancellation method in the multiplication and division of fractions 2-4

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**Types of Fractions Proper**

Numerator Proper fractions have a value less than 1; its numerator is smaller than its denominator. 1, 1, 1, 4, 18 Denominator

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**Types of Fractions Improper**

Numerator Improper Fractions have a value equal to or greater than 1; its numerator is equal or greater than its denominator. 14, 7, 15, 22 Denominator

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Types of Fractions Mixed numbers are the sum of a whole number greater than zero and a proper fraction Mixed Numbers 1, , , , 5 5 8 33 139

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**Converting Mixed Numbers to Improper Fractions Mixed Numbers**

3 Steps 1. Multiply the denominator of the fraction by the whole number. 2. Add the product from Step 1 to the numerator of the old fraction. 3 Place the total from Step 2 over the denominator of the old fraction to get the improper fraction. 1 8 6 (8 x 6) = 48 (8 x 6) = 48 = 49 49 8

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**Reducing Fractions to Lowest Terms by Inspection**

/ / Find the lowest whole number that will divide evenly into the numerator and denominator = =

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**Finding the Greatest Common Divisor**

24 30 1 24 30 24 6 Step 1. Divide the numerator into the denominator Step 2. Divide the remainder in Step 1 into the divisor of Step 1 4 24 Step 3. Divide the remainder of Step 2 into the divisor of Step 2. Continue until the remainder is 0 24 / 30 / =

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Adding Like Fractions Add the numerators and place the total over the denominator If the total of your numerators is the same as your original denominator, convert your answer to a whole number; if the total is larger than your original denominator, convert your answer to a mixed number + = -b + = = 1

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**Least Common Denominator (LCD)**

The smallest nonzero whole number into which ALL denominators will divide evenly. + 7 42 21 What is the least common denominator?

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**Adding Unlike Fractions**

4 Steps 1. Find the LCD 2. Change each fraction to a like fraction with the LCD. 3. Add the numerators and place the total over the LCD. 4. If necessary, reduce the answer to lowest terms. + + + = 47

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**Subtracting Like Fractions**

Step Subtract the numerators and place the total over the denominator Step 2 - If necessary, reduce the answer to lowest terms / / - = =

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**Subtracting Unlike Fractions**

Step 1. Find the LCD Step 2. Raise the fraction to its equivalent value. Step 3. Subtract the numerators and place the answer over the LCD. Step 4. If necessary, reduce the answer to lowest terms. - 38 = 19 -

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**Subtracting Mixed Numbers**

When Borrowing is Not Necessary Step 1. Subtract fractions, making sure to find the LCD. Step 2. Subtract whole numbers. Step 3. Reduce the fractions to lowest terms. 1 8 6 6 6

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**Subtracting Mixed Numbers**

When Borrowing is Necessary Step 1. Make sure the fractions have the LCD. Step 2. Borrow from the whole number. Step 3. Subtract whole numbers and fractions. Step 4. Reduce the fractions to lowest terms. 3 4 3 3 2 -1 -1 -1 1

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**Multiplying Proper Fractions**

Step 1. Multiply the numerator and the denominators Step 2. Reduce the answer to lowest terms x x = =

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**Multiplying Mixed Numbers**

Multiply the numerator and denominators Convert the mixed numbers to improper fractions Reduce the answer to lowest terms 1 2 3 X 1 = X = = 1

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**Dividing Proper Fractions**

Invert (turn upside down) the divisor (the second fraction) Multiply the fractions Reduce the answer to lowest terms . . = X =

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**Dividing Mixed Numbers**

Convert all mixed numbers to improper fractions Invert the divisor and multiply Reduce the answer to lowest terms 8 X 2 = X = = 3

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