What is the numerator? The numerator is the top number of a fraction and represents the portion within the whole part.

What is the numerator? The numerator is the top number of a fraction and represents the portion within the whole part.

**For example:**

Without calculating, determine whether the quotient in the division exercise is less than 1 or not:

\( 1:2= \)

In this article, you will learn everything you need to know about the numerator and its function in fractions.

The numerator is one of the components of the fraction, therefore, to better understand what the numerator is, let's first talk about fractions.

A fraction is a number that is composed of two numbers:

The top one which is called the numerator

A fraction bar that represents division

And the bottom number which we call denominator

**For example:**

The fraction could represent a certain part or even the entirety of a whole number.

Test your knowledge

Question 1

Without calculating, determine whether the quotient in the division exercise is less than 1 or not:

\( 5:6= \)

Question 2

Choose the fraction that corresponds to the following description:

11 shirts are shared equally between 8 players.

Question 3

Match the following description with the corresponding fraction:

10 tickets are distributed equally among 9 couples.

The numerator represents a certain part within the whole.

For example, in the fraction

$5\over 8$,

The numerator 5 represents 5 eighths –> $5$ portions or parts within $8$. **Explanatory note as a gift**: The $8$ in the denominator represents the whole –> $8$

parts or portions

**Let's see it illustrated:**

Now that you know everything you need about the numerator, let's practice!**Discover the fractions with numerator** **$1$****:**

$\frac{1}{3}, \frac{5}{1}, \frac{1}{1}, \frac{5}{5},$

**Solution:**

$\frac{1}{3}$

In this fraction, the numerator is $1$ –> the number located at the top.

$\frac{1}{1}$

In this fraction, the numerator is $1$ –> the number located at the top.

**Write** **$3$**** fractions that have the number** **$2$** **in the numerator**

**Solution:**

$\frac{2}{2}, \frac{2}{4}, \frac{2}{3},$

In the three fractions we wrote, the numerator is **$2$**. Any fraction you write with **$2$** in the numerator and with any whole number except $0$ in the denominator, will be a correct answer.

Do you know what the answer is?

Question 1

Match the following description with the corresponding fraction:

3 apples are distributed equally among two children.

Question 2

\( \frac{3}{4}-\frac{1}{6}= \)

Question 3

Without calculating, determine whether the quotient in the division exercise is less than 1 or not:

\( 1:2= \)