# Math Tricks with Fractions (Wholes and Parts Part #3)

Dec 20, 2023 | Southland

Mathnasium #MathTricks: Fractions (Wholes and Parts Part 3) By Mathnasium

Welcome to Mathnasium’s Math Tricks series. Today we are finding the value of the part, in a Wholes and Parts problem.

In a Wholes and Parts problem, sometimes we have the whole and the given part, and we need to find the what part. When we are asked, “What part of a bigger number is a smaller number?” it is the same as being asked, “What fraction of the bigger number is the smaller number?” — this gives us the what part. Note that here, “is” means “equals.”

To find the value of the "what part", we use the following steps:

Identify the whole and the given part. Compare the given part to the whole as a fraction in lowest terms.

Follow the examples below to find the what part.

Example 1: 8 is what part of 72? Step 1: Identify the whole and the given part. The whole is 72. The given part is 8.

Step 2: Compare the given part to the whole as a fraction in lowest terms.