# What Are Fractions?

**fraction**is a number that represents a whole number that has been divided into equal parts. For example, if you have a pie and you cut it into 4 equal slices, 1 of those slices is written as , as shown here:

The shaded area represents 1 of the 4 slices of the pie. It is written as . A fraction can also represent a part of a group. For example, if you have 5 pieces of candy and you give 2 to your friend, those 2 candies are written as , as shown here:

The shaded area represents 2 of the 5 candies. It is written as .

A fraction is made up of two parts, the

**denominator**and the

**numerator**.

The

**denominator**is the bottom number of the fraction. It is the number that represents the whole amount.

The

**numerator**is the top number of the fraction. It is the number that represents the part of the whole.

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