Identify Fractions uses number lines to demonstrate the meaning of numerator and denominator.

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The distance from 0 to 1 is a unit. This unit is divided into 5 equal parts. The arrow tells us that 2 of the parts are chosen. The chosen parts are colored red.

The top number 2 in the numeral numeral two fifthsis the numerator. The numerator tells us how many parts are chosen.

The bottom number 5 in the numeral Numeral two - fifths is the denominator. The denominator tells us the total number of equal parts into which the unit is divided. In this example there are 5 equal parts in the unit from 0 to 1.

The line between the numerator and denominator is known as the fraction bar. It is also called the division bar.

You will enter the fraction Numeral two - fifthsbecause the arrow points to the 2nd of 5 parts.