In this lesson, the student will learn how to convert an mixed fraction into a improper fraction. The process is very simple and can be learned in a few minutes.
First, we review what a mixed fraction in and how it compares to an improper fraction. In both cases, the fraction represents an amount greater than one. For example, 1 1/2 pies is the same fraction as 3/2 pies. We can use simple multiplication and addition to convert the mixed fraction into the improper fraction.
This skill is very important because in future lessons when we begin adding and multiplying fractions it will in many cases be easier to convert the fraction into improper form before doing the addition or multiplication.
These skills are taught and reinforced through numerous worked example problems.