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**Fraction Follies by D. Fisher**

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**1. a. What fraction is shaded?**

1/5 This problem comes from the Mathematics Case Methods Project by WestED 2003. b. Why is one fifth wrong?

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**1. a. What fraction is shaded?**

2 3 4 5 6 7 8 c. Why is one fourth right? 1/4 2/8 = 1/4

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**2. a. Reduce the fraction 8/12 to lowest terms.**

1 4/12 b. Why is one and four twelfths wrong?

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**2. a. Reduce the fraction 8/12 to lowest terms.**

4/6 c. Why is four sixths wrong?

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**2. a. Reduce the fraction 8/12 to lowest terms.**

2/3 d. Why is two thirds correct? 1/3 1/3 8 12 8 ÷ 4 12 ÷ 4 = = 2 3 1/3

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3. a. Multiply 2/3 by 4/7. 12/14 b. Why is twelve fourteenths wrong?

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3. a. Multiply 2/3 times 4/7. 8/21 c. Why is eight twenty-firsts right?

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3. a. Multiply 2/3 times 4/7. 8/21 c. Why is eight twenty-firsts right?

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3. a. Multiply 2/3 times 4/7. 8/21 c. Why is eight twenty-firsts right? 4 7 2 3 x 2 x 4 3 x 7 = = 8 21

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4. a. Divide 2/7 by 3/5 . 6/35 b. Why is six thirty-fifths wrong?

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**10/21 4. a. Divide 2/7 by 3/5 . c. Why is ten twenty-firsts right? 3 5**

÷ 2 7 = 5 3 x 2 x 5 7 x 3 = = 10 21

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**5. a. Change 4 2/5 to an improper fraction.**

42/5 b. Why is forty-two fifths incorrect?

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**5. a. Make 4 2/5 an improper fraction.**

13/5 c. Why is thirteen fifths wrong?

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**5. a. Rewrite 4 2/5 as an improper fraction.**

22/5 d. Why is twenty-two fifths right? 2 5 4 4 x 5 + 2 5 = = 22 5

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6. a. Add 1/2 plus 2/5 . 3/7 b. Why is three sevenths not right?

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**9/10 6. a. What is 1/2 plus 2/5 ? c. Why is nine tenths correct? 1 2 5**

+ 2 x 2 5 x 2 = 1 x 5 2 x 5 = 5 10 4 9/10 9 10 c. Why is nine tenths correct?

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7. a. Multiply 1 1/2 by 2 3/5 . 2 3/10 b. Why is two and three tenths incorrect?

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7. a. Multiply 1 1/2 times 2 3/5 . 3 9/10 c. Why is three and nine tenths correct? 3 5 1 2 x 13 5 x 3 2 = 3 x 13 2 x 5 = = 39 10 9 10 = 3

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