# Mixed Numbers

Mixed numbers are exactly as their name implies.  They are a mix of different types of numbers; a whole number and a rational number.

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They are written in the form:

Be very careful with these.  They are a combination of two numbers.  'To Combine' means to 'put together'.

These numbers are in fact added, we just leave out the '+' symbol.

Think of what you say when you verbalize this number:

 You should have said,"Two and a half".

AND in mathematics always means ADDITION. Don't be afraid to put in the addition symbol when asked to solve mixed number problems, if it helps.

## What must your student know?

There are four skills an elementary student must have when dealing with these numbers. They must know how to:

Because each of these skills are so important, and require a lot of space to explain, I have devoted a page to each.  Simply click on whichever one you wish to concentrate on right now.

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