Main content

# Identifying unit fractions word problem

Lindsay solves a word problem by using a unit fraction. Created by Lindsay Spears.

## Want to join the conversation?

- Fractions are just decimals right?(20 votes)
- Fractions are statements where there is a number on top of a number, or a numerator on a denominator.

Decimals are non-whole numbers with a "." or*decimal*to indicate the moving of the number digits of the number into numbers with values smaller than one.`So no.`

But fractions can become decimals if you convert them to one.**You divide the top number by the bottom in the fraction to convert it into a decimal**.(20 votes)

- whats a denominator?(3 votes)
- When you have a fraction like 3/4, the denominator is the bottom number in the fraction (the 4). The numerator is the top number in the fraction (the 3).(11 votes)

- why do we use fraction in real life?(4 votes)
- Fractions are used in real life in many different ways, but they are most commonly used in the cooking, construction and science industries. Because fractions describe an object or substance that has been divided into different equal parts, fractions can be found almost anywhere.(5 votes)

- hello are you guys home schooled(6 votes)
- I saw the video.(4 votes)
- So? What do you mean(2 votes)

- why you could not spell fraction?(4 votes)
- is sall ok is he ill(3 votes)
- I think he is ok?(2 votes)

- Can I Make a A fraction more than 12(2 votes)
- yes it could be 16,18,20,22,24,26 all the way to 100.(2 votes)

- Why is this so hard(2 votes)
- Are fractions rilated to multiplcation and divison?(1 vote)
- Every fraction is equal to its numerator divided by its denominator.

For example 4/5 = 4 divided by 5, and 5/4 = 5 divided by 4.

Have a good day!(3 votes)

## Video transcript

- [Voiceover] This question
says, Vera's dinner plate is divided into three
equal-sized sections. Vera puts all her broccoli in one section. And then we're asked, what fraction of Vera's plate has broccoli? Okay. So we have we plate with
three equal-sized sections, and we know that Vera puts
broccoli in one section, and we're asked to
figure out what fraction of the plate that is. So we can draw Vera's plate, try to represent this with a picture. Maybe Vera's plate is a rectangle. We don't really know,
but a rectangle will work as long as it has three
equal-sized sections. So let's try to draw that. This may not be perfect. We can probably do that
second one a little better, but this should represent
three equal-sized sections on a plate. And then we know she puts broccoli in one of those sections, so let's
use green, draw some broccoli. Broccoli, broccoli, broccoli. And then, look at this
picture, and ask ourselves, what fraction of Vera's
plate has broccoli? Well, our fraction's
gonna have a numerator. On top will be how many
sections have broccoli, which is one, and then,
our denominator will be out of the total number of equal sections, and we know there are
three equal-sized sections. So 1/3 or one of the three
sections has broccoli.