A mixed number is a whole number plus
Here are a few mixed numbers:
1 1/2 1 1/3 2 1/2 2 2/5 1 4/5
You can convert a mixed number to an
improper fraction by finding the number of unit fractions in
the whole number and then adding the fractional part of the whole number.
This sounds hard, but it really isn't. For example, in the first
example the 1 changes to 2/2 because there are 2 halves in a whole.
In the fourth example, the 2 becomes 10/5 because there are 5 fifths in a whole.
Get it? Once you have done this, then you just add the fraction to it.
So, each of our examples above becomes:
3/2 4/3 5/2 12/5 9/5
Now here's a problem for you:
Convert 3 1/3 to an improper fraction.
For some practice with improper fractions and mixed numbers see
the mixed number notes.