NCERT Solutions for Class 7 Maths Chapter 2 Fractions and Decimals (EX 2.1) Exercise 2.1
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Suppose you have a Christmas Cake. You planned to eat it alone. Let us assume that the size of the cake is 1 unit.
However, your friend arrives and now you have to share your cake equally. What will you do? You will cut the cake into two pieces. The amount and size of the cake remain the same but you now have two parts - one is for you and one is for your friend. So how will you determine how much units of cake you have for yourself and for your friend? You will divide the amount - 1 Unit by 2. This will look like this -
So by dividing the cake into 2 equal halves you and your friends celebrate Christmas. Thus you make two parts of the whole cake. This making of parts of a whole is called fraction. Fraction tells us the number of parts of a whole. In this case, we assumed that the whole cake is 1 Unit in size or amount.
Now when your friend came, you divided the cake into 2 parts. So now you both have 2 parts of the same cake. How will you write this mathematically? You will write like this - ½
So, you have ½ unit of cake and your friend has ½ unit of cake. To tell you more simplistically - you take one of the two parts and your friend takes one of the two parts of the cake. To calculate the total unit of the cake, you would simply add the parts taken by you and your friend.
Now if 3 of your friends arrive you will divide the cake into 3 pieces. Now, you have 3 parts of a whole. Mathematically that would look like this - ⅓
3 parts of the whole (1) cake.
Fraction whose numerator (the upper portion of the fraction) is less than the denominator (the lower part) is called a proper fraction. A proper fraction represents the part of a whole. So when you divide a cake into 3 pieces and you want 2 pieces from them - you can mathematically have it - You have to take ⅔ of the cake. The whole of the cake consists of three parts and you are taking two parts of that whole.
A fraction whose numerator is greater than the denominator is called an improper fraction. If you divide a cake into 3 pieces, you cannot take 4 pieces out of that 3. That would mathematically look like - 4/3.
In order to solve this problem of not being able to take 4 pieces out of 3, you have to buy a whole new 3-slice cake. Now that you have 3 slices of cake from the new whole, you only need to take 1 slice from the original 3-slice cake. So mathematically it would look like
1 whole ⅓ or 1⅓.
This transformed look of an improper fraction is known as a mixed fraction. Examples of improper fractions are 5/2, 11/9, 800/700 etc.
Examples of mixed fraction are 1⅓, 100⅔, 11¾ etc.
To add fractions with the same denominator, you just need to add the numerators and keep the denominator as it is.
Example - 5/2 + 6/2 = 12/2
If the fractions are, say 5/2 and 4/6, you first need to find the LCM of the denominators and then divide each of the denominators with the LCM. Now you have to multiply the corresponding numerator with the quotient of the earlier division. You have to repeat the process for all the fractions involved. The resulting numerator would be the addition of the results of the multiplications and the resulting denominator would be that LCM.
Example - 5/2 + 4/6
Step 1 - LCM of 6 and 2 = 6
Step 2 - 6 divided by 2 gives 3 as Quotient
Step 3 - 3*5 = 15
Step 4 - 6 divided by 6 gives 1 as Quotient
Step 5 - 1*4 = 4
Result = 15+4 =19/6
Same is the case for subtraction.
Before discussing this, first, remember - If two fractions have the same denominator then the fraction with the larger numerator is considered to be the greatest. And the fraction with the smaller numerator is considered to be the lowest. Now if you want to find the ascending order in -
5/2, ¾, ⅛, 8/4
You have to first make the denominator equal. How can you do that? You can multiply these fractions with such fractions that the denominators become the same in each case. You can multiply these fractions with different fractions.
So, 5/2 * 4/4 will make it 20/8 (Which ultimately boils down to 5/2, so the value remains the same)
¾ * 2/2 will make it 6/8
⅛ has already 8 in its denominator
8/4 * 2/2 will make it 16/8
Now, you can easily find the ascending order.
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