# What is 1/5 of 87?

In this article, we'll show you exactly how to calculate 1/5 of 87 so you can work out the fraction of any number quickly and easily! Let's get to the math!

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You probably know that the number above the fraction line is called the numerator and the number below it is called the denominator. To work out the fraction of any number, we first need to convert that whole number into a fraction as well.

Here's a little tip for you. Any number can be converted to fraction if you use 1 as the denominator:

So now that we've converted 87 into a fraction, to work out the answer, we put the fraction 1/5 side by side with our new fraction, 87/1 so that we can multiply those two fractions.

That's right, all you need to do is convert the whole number to a fraction and then multiply the numerators and denominators. Let's take a look:

As you can see in this case, the numerator is higher than the denominator. What this means is that we can simplify the answer down to a mixed number, also known as a mixed fraction.

To do that, we need to convert the improper fraction to a mixed fraction. We won't explain that in detail here because we have another article that already covers it for 87/5. Click here to find out how to convert 87/5 to a mixed fraction.

The complete and simplified answer to the question what is 1/5 of 87 is:

17 2/5

Hopefully this tutorial has helped you to understand how to find the fraction of any whole number. You can now go give it a go with more numbers to practice your newfound fraction skills.

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