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MEAP Preparation - Grade 5 Mathematics
1.65 Improper Fractions

  • To reduce an improper fraction to lowest terms, divide the numerator and denominator by their greatest common factor (GCF). This is also called simplifying the fraction.
  • We reduce a fraction to lowest terms by finding an equivalent fraction in which the numerator and denominator are as small as possible.
  • This means that there is no number, except 1, that can be divided evenly into both the numerator and the denominator.
Example: Reduce 20/16 to the simplest form.
Common factor of 20 and 16 is 2
Therefore 20/16 can be written as 10/8
Common factor of 10 and 18 is 2
Therefore 10/8 can be written as 5/4
20/16 = 10/8 = 5/4

Answer: 5/4

Example: Add 5/4 + 7/4 and reduce to the simplest form.
Add 5/4 + 7/4 which gives 12/4.
12/4 = 3
Answer: 3


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MEAP Preparation - Grade 5 Mathematics
1.65 Improper Fractions

Q 1: A proper fraction is ___________ a whole.
less than
equal to
more than

Q 2: Reduce 16/4 =
3
4 1/4
4
3 1/4

Q 3: Reduce 15/6 =
2
3
2 1/3
2 1/2

Q 4: Reduce 19/6 =
4
3 1/19
3
3 1/6

Q 5: Add & reduce 6/3 + 5/3 =
3 1/3
3 2/3
3
4

Q 6: Add & reduce 21/7 + 4/7 =
3
4 3/7
3 4/7
3 1/7

Q 7: Subtract and reduce 5/4 - 3/4 =
1/2
1/4
1/3

Q 8: Subtract and reduce 16/3 - 3/3 =
5 1/3
3 1/3
4 1/3
2 1/3

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