# Fractions

Fraction
Fraction refers to a part of a whole.

You will encounter fractions when asked to make calculations with the TI-30XS MultiView Scientific Calculator using the on-screen mathematics formula sheet.

When asked to convert an answer from a fraction to decimal form, use the toggle button  .

Proper Fraction
Proper Fraction refers to a fraction in which the top number (numerator) is smaller than the bottom number (denominator).

Example
One Half
$\bf\displaystyle\frac{1}{2}$

is the proper fraction command.

A calculation involving a proper fraction produces an answer in fraction form.

Improper Fraction
Improper Fraction refers to a fraction in which the top number (numerator) is larger than the bottom number (denominator).

Example
Three Halves
$\bf\displaystyle\frac{3}{2}$

is the improper fraction command.

A calculation involving an improper fraction produces an answer in fraction form.

Mixed Fraction
Mixed Fraction (also known as Mixed Number) refers to a combination of a whole number and a fraction.

Example
One and One Half
$\bf\displaystyle1\frac{1}{2}$

is the mixed number command.
activates  above  .

A calculation involving a mixed fraction produces an answer in fraction form.

Question

A small rectangular piece of cloth measures $\bf\displaystyle\frac{1}{2}$ inch long by $\bf\displaystyle\frac{1}{4}$ inch wide.  What is its area?

$\bf\displaystyle\frac{1}{8}$ square inch

See Rectangle.
Area = length × width
A = lw
A = $\bf\displaystyle\frac{1}{2}$ × $\bf\displaystyle\frac{1}{4}$ = $\bf\displaystyle\frac{1}{8}$

Input Display Comment
1  2  ×  1  4  $\bf\displaystyle\frac{1}{2}$*$\bf\displaystyle\frac{1}{4}$ A = lw
$\bf\displaystyle\frac{1}{8}$ Answer
###### Proper Fraction

Question
A slightly larger rectangular piece of cloth measures $\bf\displaystyle\frac{11}{4}$ inch long by $\bf\displaystyle\frac{3}{4}$ inch wide.  What is its area?

$\bf\displaystyle\frac{33}{16}$ square inches

See Rectangle.
Area = length × width
A = lw
A = $\bf\displaystyle\frac{11}{4}$ × $\bf\displaystyle\frac{3}{4}$ = $\bf\displaystyle\frac{33}{16}$

Input Display Comment
11  4  ×  3  4  $\bf\displaystyle\frac{11}{4}$*$\bf\displaystyle\frac{3}{4}$ A = lw
$\bf\displaystyle\frac{33}{16}$ Answer
###### Improper Fraction

Question
A much larger piece of cloth measures $\bf\displaystyle7\frac{1}{2}$ inches by $\bf\displaystyle8\frac{1}{4}$ inches.  What is its area?

$\bf\displaystyle\frac{495}{8}$ square inches

See Rectangle.
Area = length × width
A = lw
A = $\bf\displaystyle7\frac{1}{2}$ × $\bf\displaystyle8\frac{1}{4}$ = $\bf\displaystyle\frac{495}{8}$

Input Display Comment
7  1  2
×

8  1  4
$\bf\displaystyle7\frac{1}{2}$*$\bf\displaystyle8\frac{1}{4}$ A = lw
$\bf\displaystyle\frac{495}{8}$ Answer
###### Mixed Fraction

Question
With reference to the question above, express your answer in decimal form.

61.875 square inches

See Toggle.
$\bf\displaystyle\frac{495}{8}$ ⇔ 61.875

Input Display Comment
7  1  2
×

8  1  4
$\bf\displaystyle7\frac{1}{2}$*$\bf\displaystyle8\frac{1}{4}$ A = l × w
$\bf\displaystyle\frac{495}{8}$
(Toggle)
###### Fraction ⇔ Decimal

Question

With reference to the question above, round your answer to the nearest tenth.

61.9 square inches

See Rounding.
61.875  61.9

Practice – Questions
1.  A computer component is shaped like a parallelogram (Area = base × height).
It measures $\bf\displaystyle\frac{3}{4}$ centimeter at its base and $\bf\displaystyle\frac{1}{4}$ cm in height.  What is its area?

2.  A computer component is shaped like a parallelogram (Area = base × height).
It measures $\bf\displaystyle\frac{12}{7}$ centimeter at its base and $\bf\displaystyle\frac{1}{4}$ cm in height.  What is its area?

3.  A computer component is shaped like a parallelogram (Area = base × height).
It measures $\bf\displaystyle2\frac{1}{2}$ centimeter at its base and $\bf\displaystyle\frac{3}{4}$ cm in height.  What is its area?

4.  A computer component is shaped like a parallelogram (Area = base × height).
It measures $\bf\displaystyle7\frac{1}{2}$ centimeter at its base and $\bf\displaystyle5\frac{3}{4}$ cm in height.  What is its area?

5.  With respect to question 4, what is the area in decimal form rounded to the nearest hundredth?

1.  $\bf\displaystyle\frac{3}{16}$ square centimeters
2.  $\bf\displaystyle\frac{3}{7}$ square centimeters
3.  $\bf\displaystyle\frac{15}{8}$ square centimeters
4.  $\bf\displaystyle\frac{345}{8}$ square centimeters