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Teachers & SchoolsSo guess what? Fractions are just the same thing as division... That one made us question reality for a few weeks.

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And sure, that might make fractions seem puny and unimportant, like they're just leftovers. [sad fraction leftovers]

Which… hey, we love leftovers.

No complaints here.

However, it turns out there's a lot going on in a fraction. [numbers fly by]

You might have noticed that all fractions have a little line in their middle, like they're

wearing a little belt. [adorable fraction belts]

That lil' belt is called the fraction bar. [fraction bar labelled]

And it's not just there to look stylish, even though fraction bars are definitely slimming. [runway fraction]

It turns out the fraction bar is actually a division sign in disguise. [bar turns into division sign]

Every fraction has a numerator above the fraction bar…

…and a denominator down below. [fraction diagram]

And even though it's fine and dandy to leave a fraction as a fraction, we can also transform

it into a division. [Coop illustrates concept]

We just take our numerator…

…and divide it by the denominator. [fraction division shown]

Plus, if you actually want to carry out the division, you'll get a decimal number, free

of charge. [person celebrates decimals]

Fractions…they really are the gift that keeps on giving. [person opens disappointing gift]

Oh, and pro-tip: never give fractions as presents.

They're the number two most re-gifted gift, right after candles.

Anyway…it kinda makes sense that we should be able to translate from fractions to decimals. [fraction turns into decimal]

Sure, we don't often talk about having "0.125 of a pizza," but decimals are still a handy

tool for representing parts of wholes… [pizza man is confused]

…and the fraction bar provides a great bridge from fractions to decimals.

Luckily for you, writing a fraction bar only requires you to draw a tiny horizontal line… [person draws fraction]

…rather than making an actual bridge.

It'd be a real pain if you needed a few tons of steel and concrete every time you wanted [bridge building videos]

to make a fraction.

So there ya have it.

Thanks to the fraction bar, fractions aren't a bunch of puny nobodies, but the ambassadors [fractions guard world of decimals]

to the world of decimal numbers.

Now if you'd excuse us, we've got an eighth of a pizza to finish off. [person eats pizza]