How to Divide a Fraction in Half

By Kathryn Hatter
Both 1/4 and 1/2 are simple fractions that represent different mathematical data.
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Cooking requires a firm grasp of fractions due to the measuring required to follow a recipe correctly. Whether you are following a recipe or have another reason for halving a fraction, if you need to divide a fraction in half, the process is remarkably simple. Follow the basic formula for dividing a fraction by two, and you can then continue with your mission -- culinary or otherwise.

Write the fraction you wish to divide on a sheet of paper.

Create a simple multiplication problem to half the fraction. For example, if you wish to halve the fraction 5/7, write "* 2" beside the denominator "7." There is no operation to perform to the numerator.

Multiply the denominator by 2 to halve the fraction. Using the same example, 7 * 2 = 14. This means that half of 5/7 is 5/14.

About the Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.