## Why do fractions exist? Are fractions useful or just annoying? Why dont we just use decimals? Give specific examples.

The theme for this essay is relationships between fractions, ratios, rates, decimals and
percentages. Peoples views about these different ways of representing numbers may vary
considerably. You may have your own stories about learning these different representations of
numbers when you were young. You may currently have your own difficulties or insights
regarding these different representations of numbers and the relationships between them.
For this essay, write whatever is genuinely true for you about fractions, ratios, rates,
decimals and percentages, and the relationships between them. You are also welcome to do
some supporting research.

Here are three questions you can choose from to answer with this essay:
1. Why do fractions exist? Are fractions useful or just annoying? Why dont we just use
decimals? Give specific examples.
2. Is there a good reason to use percents? Is there a better way to indicate the same meaning
as percents?
3. Do you think fractions are easy or hard to learn and use (or both)? Give specific

Requirements:

Many ideas are described clearly and thoroughly.

Answers are often demonstrated with quantitative examples.

Images frequently support the text (these can include your hand-drawn quantitative examples). “I will add upon completion”

At least two pages of original text (not including quoted text and images), standard font at 12 points, with 1.5 spacing.

All copied text and images are sourced (as well as in-text citations).