## Want to practice?

In the fraction 1/2 , the number 1 is

• Numerator
• Denominator
• Decimal
• Fraction

In the fraction 1/2 , the number 2 is

• Numerator
• Denominator
• Decimal
• Fraction

What is the equivalent fraction to 1/2?

• 2/4
• 2/8
• 1/8
• 4/6

What is the equivalent fraction to 1/2?

• 1/6
• 3/6
• 2/10
• 4/10

## Solution

The word ‘half’ is used to refer to the fraction that denotes one out of two parts.

• Fractions are made of two numbers separated by a line with one number at the top and another number at the bottom.
• The number at the top of the fraction is called the numerator and the number at the bottom is called the denominator.

The fraction that denotes ‘half’ or ‘one out of two’ is .

## Converting a fraction to a decimal

The fractions can also be written in decimal form with a decimal point.

To convert fractions to decimals, the numerator is divided by the denominator.

Carry out a long division.

Note that since 1 is not divisible by 2, we add a zero to make it 10.

The long division is carried out till we get 0 as the remainder.

So, here is the decimal form of :

is 0.5.

## Remember

Here are some common terms you should be familiar with.

• In the fraction , the number 1 is the dividend (our numerator)
• The number 2 is our divisor (our denominator)

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