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Topic: Re: Fractions
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 Kevin J.Maguire Posts: 16 Registered: 12/6/04
Re: Fractions
Posted: Aug 9, 1995 8:05 PM

This tests my reasoning ability too early in the morning but,
nevertheless, I'll be foolish and put the (metaphorical) pen to paper.
If one has a unit "something" which is already segmented into
five segments of which I wish to act on three. Taking these three
segments I wish to find five-twelfths (goodness only knows why) of them.
I guess that I would further mark each of the three segments separating
them into four parts giving twelve in all. Now for the tricky bit: I would need to
further mark five of these twelfths of three-fifths in order to get a
solution. Upon reflecting upon the unit something I would (should?) see
that my five-twelfths of three-fifths is one-quarter of the unit I had to
begin with.
Feeling confused?
Regards (rather sheepishly)
K.

Kevin J. Maguire
School of Education Telephone: 61 3 9479 2080
La Trobe University
Melbourne
Victoria