Any teacher (and parent!) can tell you that fractions are a stumbling block for many students. One major misconception arises when students don't fully understand that fractions are unique numbers, like decimals, that occupy a specific place on the number line. Just like 1 fits nicely in a spot on the number line, so does 1/2. Once students begin to see fractions as numbers, they are better equipped to understand that the same rules of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division apply to fractions, just like all other numbers.
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