# Number- Numerators and Denominators

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Topic: What are numerators and denominators?
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Can you remember the first time you saw a fraction, you probably noticed that there were two

numbers involved: a top number and a bottom number.

These two numbers are called a numerator and a denominator, and they both represent

different things.

The simplest way to define a numerator and a denominator is the following:

**Numerator**: the top number of a fraction**Denominator**: the bottom number of a fraction

Consider these examples.

1. The fraction 3/8 has a top number 3 and a bottom number 8. Therefore, the numerator is 3,

and the denominator is 8.

2. The fraction 13/2 has a top number 13 and a bottom number 2. Thus, the numerator is 13,

and the denominator is 2

## What Do the Numerator and Denominator Represent?

One representation of fractions defines a fraction as ‘a part as distinct from the whole of

anything; portion or section.’

Basically, a **fraction** represents a part of a whole.

In a fraction, **the denominator represents the number of equal parts in a whole**, and

**the numerator represents how many parts are being considered.**

For example, in the fraction 8/10, the numerator is 8 and the denominator is 10, so the fraction 8/10 means 8 parts of a whole object, which is divided into 10 parts of equal size.

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