In Math, fractions as a concept are similar to decimals. They have been around for a very long time, and have also had a variety of forms in different parts of the world throughout the centuries.
History of Fractions
Egyptians were one of the first people known to study fractions, as far back as before 1000BC. They used symbols to represent fractions such as ½ and ¾.
However, fractions in the form that we see and use today, have only really been that way for the last few centuries.
An interesting article on the history of fractions can be seen following the link below to the nrich.maths website.
Math Fractions Pages
- Fractions Introduction
An introduction to the concept of fractions.
- Simplifying Fractions
Sums involving fractions can often require the need for simplifying fractions.
- Adding & Subtracting Fractions
Like whole numbers, fractions can be added and subtracted. Sometimes the sums can be straight-forward, but there can be times when a bit of extra work is required.
- Multiplying Fractions
Multiplying fractions can actually be simpler than adding and subtracting fractions in some cases.
- Dividing Fractions
Dividing fractions is the next skill to learn after multiplying fractions.
- Adding & Subtracting Mixed Fractions
Mixed fractions can also be added and subtracted from each other, like standard fractions.
- Fractions to Decimals
Just like how decimals can be converted to fractions. Fractions can also be converted to decimals.