name danielle level of question: elementary/middle who is asking question: preservice teacher I am embarrased to be asking this question, but... is it possible to have a fraction with a zero? For example, 0/4. This does not make sense to me and I do not know what it would be representing, other than nothing! Is it proper to express such a fraction? Thanks! Hi Danielle, The fraction ^{0}/_{4} does represent something. What it represents is zero. Suppose that I have 12 pencils to distribute to 4 students so that each student gets the same number of pencils. How many pencils do I give to each student? This is the classic division problem. The number of pencils I give to each student is ^{12}/_{4} = 3. Now suppose that I have 0 pencils. If I distribute these pencils among the 4 student then each student gets ^{0}/_{4} = 0 pencils. Maybe it helps to consider an example where the measurement is length.
Penny
