# improper fraction

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## improper fraction

a fraction in which the numerator has a greater absolute value or degree than the denominator, as 7/6 or (

*x*^{2}+ 3)/(*x*+ 1)Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

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*The Great Soviet Encyclopedia*(1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.## Improper Fraction

an arithmetic fraction whose numerator is greater than or equal to the denominator—for example, 5/3, 4/2, and 7/7. An improper fraction can be represented, by separating its integral part, in the form of a mixed number—that is, a number having an integral part and a fractional part, for example,

Conversely, every mixed number can be written in the form of an improper fraction, for example,

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## improper fraction

[im′präp·ər ′frak·shən] (mathematics)

In arithmetic, the quotient of two integers in which the numerator is greater than or equal to the denominator.

In algebra, the quotient of two polynomials in which the degree of the numerator is greater than or equal to that of the denominator.

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