# What is a fraction?

## Definition

A part of whole is called a fraction.

### Introduction

A quantity can be divided as any number of equal parts. If we take either one or more parts from them, then the portion is called as a fraction.

Remember, we can take as many parts as we want but we should not take all the parts as a fraction because taking all parts means we are taking the whole quantity and it cannot be called as a fraction. So, the quantity of a fraction is always less than the whole quantity.

### Example

Let’s try to learn the concept of a fraction from the following geometrical object. 1. Take a circle and split it as three equal parts.
2. Select a part from them by separating it from the circle.
3. The selected part is a part of the circle and it cannot be called as a circle. So, it is called as a fraction.
4. Now, we have two parts remaining. They cannot be called as a circle because they are also part of the circle. Therefore, the sum of the two parts of a circle is also called as a fraction.

Therefore, it can be understood that a fraction can be either a part of a quantity or sum of the parts of the same quantity.

#### Representation

The fractions are mathematically expressed in rational numbers.

#### Classification

Learn the different types of fractions with their definitions and example fractions with understandable geometrical explanation.

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