# How do you know if a fraction is a negative or a positive fraction?

SOLUTION:

Fractions are generally taken as positive. They are otherwise known as rational numbers.

Rational numbers are defined as those numbers that can be written in the form of $\frac{p}{q}$ where p and q are integers and q is not zero.

There are positive rational numbers or positive fractions like

$\frac{2}{5}, \frac{5}{9}, \frac{3}{11}$, and so on. There is no negative or minus sign here. These positive fractions lie to the right of zero on the number line.

The negative fractions or negative rational numbers are less than zero and are located to the left of zero on the number line.

They always have a negative or minus sign before them.

Example: $\frac{-1}{2}, \frac{-3}{4}, \frac{-14}{5}$, and so on

We know if a fraction is positive or negative from the minus sign before the fraction.

If there is a minus sign, it is a negative fraction and if there is none or if there is a positive or plus sign, then it is a positive fraction.

Updated on: 10-Oct-2022

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