# 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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Player 2 now needs to create a proper fraction that meets the criterion established by Player 1 from the remaining seven cards.
Sprint" (2 min; introduced in Lesson 10) provided strategic, speeded practice on four measurement interpretation topics: identifying whether fractions are equivalent to 1/2; comparing the value of proper fractions; comparing the value of a proper and an improper fraction; and identifying whether numbers are proper fractions, improper fractions, or mixed numbers.
The reverse operation of going from a decimal fraction to a proper fraction is well known for terminating decimals but not so for recurring decimals.
Locating proper fractions on number lines: Effect of length and equivalence.
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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