Before we get to the point of how we can solve various types of fraction word problems, let’s see what fractions are, kinds of fractions, as well as what you can do with them. Fraction in mathematics is a number consisting of one or more parts (shares) of a unit. Fractions are part of the field of rational numbers. By way of the recording fractions, they are divided into two formats: ordinary and decimal. History and Etymology of the Term The term fraction comes from the Latin..