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3 1 5 As an Improper Fraction

# 3 1 5 As an Improper Fraction

In elementary school I always liked playing with fractions. Half a duck, two thirds of candy, every third of the cake. They were always my friends. But years later a math teacher helped me realize why I liked them.

### Fraction

When we are using mixed fractions, we have a whole number (in this case 3) and a fractional part (1/5). So what we can do here to convert the mixed fraction to a decimal, is first convert it to an improper fraction (where the numerator is greater than the denominator) and then from there convert the improper fraction into a decimal/

A mixed number is a whole number plus a fractional part. An improper fraction is a fraction where the numerator (top number) is larger than the denominator (bottom number). You can convert between mixed numbers and improper fractions without changing the value of the figure. (Source: www.calculatorsoup.com)

### Use

When we are using mixed fractions, we have a whole number (in this case 3) and a fractional part (1/5). So what we can do here to convert the mixed fraction to a decimal, is first convert it to an improper fraction (where the numerator is greater than the denominator) and then from there convert the improper fraction into a decimal/ \

Before we get started in the fraction to decimal conversion, let's go over some very quick fraction basics. Remember that a numerator is the number above the fraction line, and the denominator is the number below the fraction line. We'll use this later in the tutorial. Use this calculator to convert your improper fraction to a mixed fraction. An __improper fraction__ is a fraction whose nominator is greater than its denominator. For example, \$${5 \over 4}\$$. A mixed fraction is a fraction of the form \$$c {n \over d}\$$, where \$$c\$$ is an integer and \$$n < d\$$. For example, \$${11 \over 4} = 2 {3 \over 4}\$$. It is therefore the sum of a whole number and a proper fraction. If you would like to convert an improper fraction to a mixed fraction, see our [improper to mixed fraction calculator](/show/calculator/improper-to-mixed). (Source: www.calcul.com)

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