Why Learn Fractions?Date: 8/13/96 at 17:52:18 From: Anonymous Subject: Why Learn Fractions? What is the point of learning fractions? Monique and Selena Date: 8/14/96 at 0:21:19 From: Doctor Paul Subject: Re: Why Learn Fractions? Fractions are incredibly useful! I am so thankful we have them. They make our lives so much easier. Let me give you you an example: 1) You are at the supermarket. You see that the price of lemons is 60 cents a pound. You want to know how much 1 and a half pounds of lemons will cost you. Well, if you convert both to fractions and multiply them it's easy to figure it out: 6 3 18 ---- * ----- = ---- 10 2 20 18/20 reduces to 9/10, or 90 cents. There are so many other examples. Fractions appear everywhere. I hope this helps you see the purpose of fractions. Regards, -Doctor Paul, The Math Forum Check out our web site! http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ |
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