The cool thing about knowing how to label the fractions inside of an inch is that you can use it as a calculator to reduce fractions! Follow along and I'll show you how. This instructable may be a little hard to follow if you don't read it through all the way to the end before trying it out.

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## Step 1: Start your Inches!

*Picture 1*. You need:

Paper

Pencil or Pen

That's it!

A few definitions that might help you understand this instructable a little better:

**Numerato**r: The number above the line in a common fraction

**Denominator**: The number below the line in a common fraction

The easiest way I have found to explain an inch is to draw it out, starting with a mark representing zero and a mark representing 1. These DO NOT HAVE TO BE ACCURATE!!! I find it is a lot easier if you make your "inch" BIG to give you more room to write in the fractions. SO:

On the paper, Draw a rectangle as shown in

*Picture 2 and 3*. This is going to be our "ruler". Remember to make it big! On the ruler, make a mark, also as shown in

*Pictures 2, 3, and 4*. This will be out 1 inch mark.

Why not simply jump to the metric ???