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Mixed Numbers

Updated on 07/24/2015

Activity Overview

This activity uses interactive number lines to help students investigate mixed numbers as a way to write improper fractions. Division of a whole number by a smaller whole number results in an improper fraction that can be written as a mixed number. Mixed numbers can be used to find the magnitude of an improper fraction, and division can help find the integer part of the number.

About the Lesson

This TI-Nspire™ lesson uses interactive number lines to help students investigate mixed numbers as a way to write improper fractions. Division of a whole number by a smaller whole number results in an improper fraction that can be written as a mixed number. Mixed numbers can be used to find the magnitude of an improper fraction, and division can help find the integer part of the number (i.e., bc-ax06-243-12can be thought of as 243 divided by 12, which is 20 and a remainder of 3, or 20 + bc-ax06-3-12 or bc-ax06-1-4).

Students should be familiar with the terms equivalent fractions, unit fraction, and improper fractions covered in earlier activities.

This is Lesson 6 out of 15 in the Building Concepts in Mathematics: Fractions Series.

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