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Ch 2: WEST Math: Fractions

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Watch video lessons that will guide you through the subject of fractions. Use the quizzes throughout this chapter to assess your ability to work with fractions in order to prepare for the WEST Math exam.

WEST Math: Fractions - Chapter Summary

These engaging lessons have been designed to help you re-learn or refresh your memory of how to use fractions so that you're ready for the WEST Math test. Our videos will cover topics specifically geared toward helping you complete exam questions that will require the following skills:

  • Multiplying and dividing fractions and mixed numbers
  • Calculating the least common denominator
  • Reducing or building fractions
  • Alternating between improper fractions and mixed numbers
  • Adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers
  • Working with like versus unlike fractions and mixed numbers

You can follow along as our instructors explain each skill in our video lessons, and then test your comprehension by taking the appropriate quiz. By developing a firm understanding of fractions, you'll be better prepared for taking the WEST Math exam.

WEST Math: Fractions Chapter Objectives

The WEST Math exam is used to gauge your level of preparedness to become a certified mathematics teacher in the state of Washington. This chapter focuses on fractions and falls under the mathematical processes and number sense portion of the exam, which makes up 19% of the test. The quizzes in this chapter are a great tool for testing your knowledge, and they also give you a glimpse of the kinds of questions that the actual exam will feature.

The questions will be in multiple-choice form, and you will be allowed to refer to a sheet of formulas and an on-screen calculator as you work. Questions may provide a realistic scenario that will require you to solve a mathematical problem using fractions, mixed numbers, or both.

7 Lessons in Chapter 2: WEST Math: Fractions
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How to Build and Reduce Fractions

1. How to Build and Reduce Fractions

Fractions are a fundamental part of everyday life. Fractions represent a comparison of a part to the whole. To reduce fractions, we will divide by the greatest common factor, or the GCF.

How to Find Least Common Denominators

2. How to Find Least Common Denominators

Finding a Least Common Denominator is an important tool when working with fractions. To find least common denominators, we will use multiples of our numbers.

Changing Between Improper Fraction and Mixed Number Form

3. Changing Between Improper Fraction and Mixed Number Form

Improper fractions and mixed numbers are two different types of fractions. They both have different purposes when using fractions in a problem. In this lesson, you will learn how to convert between these two different forms.

How to Add and Subtract Like Fractions and Mixed Numbers

4. How to Add and Subtract Like Fractions and Mixed Numbers

When adding and subtracting fractions, you must be sure to have a common denominator. Once you have a common denominator, you just add or subtract your numerators and then your whole numbers. Learn how in this lesson.

How to Add and Subtract Unlike Fractions and Mixed Numbers

5. How to Add and Subtract Unlike Fractions and Mixed Numbers

Simple fraction arithmetic gets a little more complicated when our denominators don't match. In this lesson, we'll learn how to add and subtract unlike fractions. Then, we'll do the same with mixed numbers.

Multiplying Fractions and Mixed Numbers

6. Multiplying Fractions and Mixed Numbers

Multiplying fractions is much more straightforward than adding, subtracting or dividing fractions. In this lesson, learn how it works. We'll also learn how to multiply mixed numbers.

Dividing Fractions and Mixed Numbers

7. Dividing Fractions and Mixed Numbers

Dividing fractions and mixed numbers? It sounds daunting, but it's not as tricky as it sounds. In this lesson, we'll learn how to divide fractions and mixed numbers.

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