## Basic College Mathematics (10th Edition)

Proper fractions have a numerator that is smaller than the denominator, while improper fractions have a numerator that is greater than or equal to the denominator. An example of a proper fraction is one-half: $\displaystyle \frac{1 \leftarrow numerator}{2\leftarrow denominator}$ An example of an improper fraction is three-halves: $\displaystyle \frac{3 \leftarrow numerator}{2\leftarrow denominator}$ See images for a visual representation.