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FRACTIONITIS frak'sheni'tis An increase in anxiety caused by the appearance of a numeral in fraction form. Symptoms: A blank stare, avoidance of math courses and math teachers. Cure: Associate fractions with a pleasant object, such as 1/4 of an apple pie.

How to Use Visual Fractions

Each of the instructional programs have dialog fields as illustrated below:

Fraction Dialog Box

If the fraction has a whole number part enter the whole number of a fraction by clicking the Whole field and then keying in the whole number. Tab to the numerator field and then key in the numerator. Then tab to the denominator field and then key in the denominator. Then press <OK> button to accept your answer. If your answer is correct, your Correct score will increase by one point. You may press the <New Example> button to go to the next example.

If your answer is not correct you will be told if your answer is too large or too small. You may then enter another number.

Pressing the <Explain> button is like pressing the <OK> button except that the answer will appear in the number fields and an explanation will appear at the bottom of the application. Your example number and score will not increase by pressing the <Explain> button. You may press the <New Example> button to go to the next example.

The <Start> button will bring the Correct and Attempts scores to 0 and will give you a new example.

Press the <Report> button to make a report card. This button will open a dialog that asks you to submit your name. You may prefer to submit a code for your name. A printable report card will then appear that gives your name, the operation you worked on, a description of the operation, the number attempted examples, the number of correct examples, and the percent correct. Use the <Print> button to print the report card.

Use the <Email> button to send an email of your score. A pop-up window will ask for an email address and will give a review of the content of the email. Press the <Send> button to send the email and close the pop-up window. Press the <Cancel> button to close the pop-up window if you do not wish to send the email.

A Plan of Study A Plan Of Study

Where do I start? Where do I go next? A Progress Chart will given you guidance on what activities in this web site to work on. There is a PLACEMENT EXAMPLES test that will give typical examples in each of the ten units. You can then check your answers with the PLACEMENT ANSWERS to see which of the units you should work on.

Each unit has a pretest, instruction, on-line practice, worksheet practice, and a test.

check listA printable check list is available so you can keep track of your progress as you work through these topics. Keep this check list to show the work you have accomplished in this visual fractions modeling program.

Design fractions Design Your Own Fractions

Did you ever want to design your own number line and circle fraction examples? You can do this with this new on-line series of Fraction Designer programs.Enter in your own fractions and see number line or circle models of the operands and answers. For teachers, answers can be turned on or off if you wish to query the student. If you are learning on your own you can enter your own examples to see what happens with an explanation.

Games Games

All games in the VISUALFRACTIONS series give more practice with fractions and help in understanding them. While learning and having fun with fraction games you can become an EXPERT GRAMPY FINDER or an EXPERT COOKIE BUILDER. You can even becom an ACE RESCUE TRANSPORTER NAVIGATOR or an EXPERT,ANCIENT EGYPTIAN PAYMASTER.

See how you can achieve these awards by visiting the Games page.

Site Map See Everything on the Visual Fractions Site Map.

Visual Fractions programs had been originally programmed to run on browsers that use the FLASH plug-in. Because many browsers today do not have a FLASH plug-in, a decision was made to write the same programs with javascript. This will allow the programs to run on html5 or later browsers.

That is why the Site Map page shows both FLASH and HTML5 versions of the same programs.

* * * The Author: Richard E. Rand * * *

Teaching Experience

Middle School Mathematics teacher for 28 years. Adjunct instructor in mathematics at the University of Maine at Presque Isle in Presque Isle, Maine for 16 years. Now retired.


BS Education Aroostook State Teachers College (now the University of Maine at Presque Isle - 1964.
MS Mathematics Education from the University of Maine at Orono, Maine - 1971.


Fractions are better understood when seen. The visual approach to learning fractions should be available to anybody at any age. There is no charge for using this visualfractions.com website. All features of this website are available without a login.

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