Fraction Arithmetic

Adding and Subtracting Fractions

Fractions are very important. Not only mathematically important but real world important. Understanding fractions; how they work, what they mean, how they go together can help you understand many real world applications. A fraction represents a part of a whole. For example, Bobby and Sarah want a snack, but there is only one cupcake. They agree to share the cupcake. Evenly dividing the cupcake into two halves, making Bobby's piece 1/2 of the whole, and Sarah's piece 1/2 of the whole. Think larger: A company has one hundred employees. Twenty-five of those employees have a daily meeting via conference calling. The 25 of 100 employees is 1/4 the company. Without the understanding of fractions it would be much more difficult to understand the full make up of a certain item. Whether that be food, a household item, or a larger item like an industry.