Basic College Mathematics (9th Edition)

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Chapter 2 - Multiplying and Dividing Fractions - 2.1 Basics of Fractions - 2.1 Exercises - Page 118: 26

Answer

Proper fractions have a numerator that is smaller than the denominator (e.g. 1/2), while improper fractions have a numerator that is greater than or equal to the denominator (e.g. 3/2).

Work Step by Step

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.

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