## What is Halves?

Splitting a whole thing into two equal parts gives a half.

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## Halves of Various Shapes

In the given images, the colored portions in each shape represent halves.

**Representing half using fractions**

A fraction is a part of one whole thing. When a slice of cake is taken out, it becomes a fraction, i.e. a piece of the entire cake.

In fractions, half is written as 12 of the whole.

Find half of a block comprising of six parts.

Take out 3 parts out of 6, and it equals one half.

**Representing half on a number line **

We can show fractions on a number line. The distance from 0-1 on a number line is always one whole. Dividing this distance into two equal parts will give two halves.

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Properties of Halves

- Two equal parts of one whole thing.

- In decimal numbers, half is denoted by 0.5.
- We can find half of a number multiplying it by ½. For example, in the figure, half of the group of 6 chips is obtained by 6 ×
^{1}⁄_{2 }=3

- By dividing the number by 2 we can get half of any number.
- Adding two halves makes one.