Hello there! I'm new in the forum. It's been awhile since I've been in a math class. I started a beginning algebra class just last week and am trying to review a little before I jump into my homework.

I'm stuck on the concept of fractions and want to know, when reducing fractions, how does that whole number get figured into the sum? If I were reducing 18/12, how would it become 1 and 6/12? I don't get how the 1 got there.

I hope that makes sense. (If there are codes I can use to format fractions correctly on these boards, please let me know that also!) Thanks so much!