# Math Help: How to Work Out a Fraction of a Number

## Fraction Of Something Video

To work out a fraction of a number all you need to do is divide the number by the denominator of the fraction and multiply this answer by the numerator.

**Example 1**

Work out 3/8 of 48.

First of all divide 48 by the denominator:

48 ÷ 8 = 6 (this gives 1/8 of 48)

Now multiply this answer by the numerator:

6 × 3 = 18 (this gives 3/8 of 48)

**Example 2**

Work out 2/9 of 36.

First of all divide 36 by the denominator:

36 ÷ 9 = 4 (this gives 1/9 of 36)

Now multiply this answer by the numerator:

4 × 2 = 8 (this gives 2/9 of 36)

**Example 3**

Work out 4/5 of 60.

First of all divide 60 by the denominator:

60 ÷ 5 = 12 (this gives 1/5 of 60)

Now multiply this answer by the numerator:

12 × 4 = 48 (this gives 4/5 of 60)

**Example 4**

Work out 5/11 of 77.

First of all divide 77 by the denominator:

77 ÷ 11 = 7 (this gives 1/11 of 77)

Now multiply this answer by the numerator:

7 × 5 = 35 (this gives 5/11 of 77)

**Example 5 **

A fuel tank holds 14 gallons of fuel when full. If the tank has 3/7 of fuel left in the tank, work out how many gallons of fuel are left.

Here you need to calculate 3/7 of 14 gallons

First of all divide 14 by the denominator:

14 ÷ 7 = 2 (this gives 1/7 of 14)

Now multiply this answer by the numerator:

2 × 3 = 6 (this gives 3/7 of 14)

So there are 6 gallons of fuel left in the tank.

## Questions & Answers

11 is 1/8th of what number?

To find one eigth of a number divide by 8, but since the answer is given multiply by 8 instead.

11 multiplied by 8 is 88.

How do l work out 1/8 of 125?

To work out one eigth of any number divide the number by 8. So 125 divided by 8 gives 15.625.

Helpful 1What is 18.54 million divided by 2?

It might be easier to convert 18.52 million to an ordinary number first, 18.52 million = 18,520,000. Now carry out short division, or another method, to give an answer of 9,260,000.

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