# Mixed number - Definition and examples

A mixed number is a number that has both a whole number part and a fractional part.

The fractional part is a proper fraction or a fraction that has a numerator that is smaller than the denominator. Notice that the whole number part cannot be zero since zero is not included in the set of whole numbers.

## Examples of mixed numbers

2 1/3, 4 2/7, 6 1/2, 24 4/5, 3 8/9, 8 3/4, and 75 1/8

## Why do we need mixed numbers?

Suppose four people are sharing nineteen dollars. Since the money cannot be shared evenly between these four people, we need a mixed number to express the answer.

19/4 = (16 + 3)/4

19/4 = 16/4 + 3/4

19/4 = 4 + 3/4

4 + 3/4 is a mixed number.

We can write it without the plus sign as 4 3/4

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