How Are Fractions Used in Real Life?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 31, 2020 8:36:51 AM ET
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Fractions are used in real life in many different ways, but they are most commonly used in the cooking, construction and science industries. Because fractions describe an object or substance that has been divided into different equal parts, fractions can be found almost anywhere.

An example of one of the most common everyday fractions is a pizza. A pizza is traditionally cut into eight pieces, meaning each piece is 1/8 of a whole pie, and two slices would be 1/4 of the pie. Fractions are also used in cooking measurements, such as 1/2 cup of sugar or 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon. Wooden boards, bolts and tools are measured in fractions in the construction industry.