"Mixed numbers" and "Improper fractions" are two ways to write the same fraction, but knowing both is important for your mastery of fractions. In this lesson, we'll go over the difference between the two, how to convert from one to another, and how to use both mixed numbers and improper fractions to add and subtract. Working with fractions doesn't have to be scary - come with us as we explore more about fractions in this MightyOwl video!

Convert between mixed numbers and improper fractions

Recognize the definition of a mixed number and an improper fraction

Add and subtract fractions using both mixed numbers and improper fractions

Standards addressed

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.NF.B.3

Understand a fraction a/b with a > 1 as a sum of fractions 1/b.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.NF.B.3.C

Add and subtract mixed numbers with like denominators, e.g., by replacing each mixed number with an equivalent fraction, and/or by using properties of operations and the relationship between addition and subtraction.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.NF.B.3.D

Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions referring to the same whole and having like denominators, e.g., by using visual fraction models and equations to represent the problem.