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Ch 12: WEST Middle Grades Math: Introduction to Fractions

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You can use this chapter's video lessons to re-visit the rules for solving fractions as you get ready to sit for the WEST Middle Grades Math examination.

WEST Middle Grades Math - Introduction to Fractions - Chapter Summary

The video lessons in this chapter will assist you in reviewing the basics of fractions. Explore techniques for changing decimals to fractions and vice versa, and study the procedures for changing to mixed numbers from improper fractions. While strengthening your knowledge of these and other concepts, you can prepare to pass the WEST Middle Grades Math examination. Look to this chapter's lessons for help with:

  • Defining proper, improper, like and unlike fractions
  • Raising and reducing fractions, and converting between fractions and decimals
  • Using multiples to find least common denominators
  • Utilizing the number line when comparing decimals and fractions
  • Converting from mixed numbers to improper fractions and vice versa

As you explore strategies for working with fractions, you can become familiar with the sorts of questions you'll find on the WEST Middle Grades Math examination. These instructor-led video lessons are brief and entertaining. The animated videos contain techniques for solving complex and basic fractions. While studying, you can submit your questions on fractions or consult the written lesson transcripts. Take the self-assessment quizzes at the end of each chapter to test your knowledge of fractions.

WEST Middle Grades Math - Introduction to Fractions Objectives

The WEST Middle Grades Math examination is computer-based. Many of the topics you studied in this chapter are paralleled on the examination. Your overall mathematics skills and your ability to solve and teach fractions will be assessed primarily within the mathematical processes and number sense subarea, which constitutes 19% of the examination. The test consists of 150 multiple-choice questions which must be answered in about four hours and 15 minutes. You'll be allowed to use an on-screen calculator while testing.

8 Lessons in Chapter 12: WEST Middle Grades Math: Introduction to Fractions
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What is a Fraction? - Definition and Types

1. What is a Fraction? - Definition and Types

Fractions may be your friend's worst nightmare, but they don't have to be yours. Watch this video lesson to learn about fractions and how you can understand them easily. Also learn to identify the different types of fractions.

How to Raise and Reduce Fractions

2. How to Raise and Reduce Fractions

When working with fractions, you sometimes need to change your fraction to make it easier to work with. Watch this video lesson to learn how you can raise and reduce fractions to make your problem solving easier.

Relating Fractions and Decimals

3. Relating Fractions and Decimals

Watch this video lesson to learn how to use both fractions and decimals to help you solve problems. Learn how to change between the two to use the best one for your problem.

How to Find Least Common Denominators

4. 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.

Comparing and Ordering Fractions

5. Comparing and Ordering Fractions

Comparing and ordering fractions is way to examine fractions that contain different-sized sets. In order to compare these fractions, you must find a common denominator and make equivalent fractions.

Using the Number Line to Compare Decimals, Fractions, and Whole Numbers

6. Using the Number Line to Compare Decimals, Fractions, and Whole Numbers

Watch this video lesson to learn how useful the number line can be when you need to compare two different numbers, be they whole numbers, decimals or even fractions. Learn how to plot these numbers on the number line so you can compare them.

Changing Between Improper Fraction and Mixed Number Form

7. 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 Change Mixed Numbers to Improper Fractions

8. How to Change Mixed Numbers to Improper Fractions

When it comes to fractions in algebra, we hardly ever use mixed numbers. Instead, we opt for the ease of use of improper fractions. Watch this video lesson to learn how to change your mixed numbers to improper fractions.

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