# proper fraction

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## proper fraction

a fraction in which the numerator has a lower absolute value than the denominator, as ½ or x/(3 + x2)

## proper fraction

[′präp·ər ′frak·shən]
(mathematics)
A fraction a/b where the absolute value of a is less than the absolute value of b.
The quotient of two polynomials in which the degree of the numerator is less than the degree of the denominator.
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For example, a student who can recognise that 3/7 is equivalent to 6/14, which is less than one-half (7/14), will be in a strong position to both create an appropriate proper fraction and successfully challenge opponent plays.
Simply that proper fractions with N as denominator, where N has factors other than 2 or 5, will produce repeating sequences of length (N - 1) or less.
In Lessons 1 through 15, the focus was on proper fractions and improper fractions equal to 1.
Locating proper fractions on number lines: Effect of length and equivalence.
Initially the student should start working with dividing whole numbers by proper fractions to develop the notion that division does not always yield a quotient that is smaller than the dividend.
Teachers will need to decide whether or not to specify that only proper fractions--or perhaps proper fractions plus improper fractions equivalent to 1--"count" for some of these activities.

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