How do you add a fraction and a whole number?
Whole numbers are all natural numbers including 0.
A fraction represents a numerical value, which defines a part of a whole.
Answer: To add a fraction to a whole number, convert the whole number into a fraction, form a common denominator, and then add the two numerators.
Let's look into the steps to add a fraction to a whole number.
- Convert the whole number into a fraction by taking the denominator as 1.
- Compare the denominators and make them common so that they become like fractions.
- Add the numerators of the two fractions.
Example: Add 2/15 and 5
Step 1: Converting the whole number into a fraction.
5 in terms of a fraction is written as 5/1
Step 2: Make the denominator common.
Since, 2/15 has 15 as the denominator, hence, we need to make the denominator of 5/1 as 15
Multiplying numerator and denominator with 15 we get,
(5 × 15) / (1 × 15) = 75/15
Step 3: Adding the numerators of the two fractions.
2/15 + 75/15 = (2 + 75)/15 = 77/15