Date: 11/28/2001 at 19:12:20 From: Eliz Subject: Not sure An automobile gets 20 miles per gallon of fuel. Compute the reciprocal rate giving units of measurement. Round your answer to the nearest hundredth.
Date: 11/28/2001 at 20:55:45 From: Doctor Achilles Subject: Re: Not sure Hi Eliz, Thanks for writing to Dr. Math. The "reciprocal rate" refers to the reverse of the units. So if for your problem you are given that a car gets so many miles for every gallon, the reciprocal rate is how many gallons it takes to go one mile. I hope this hint helps. If you'd like a little more help calculating the answer, please write back and I'll be glad to give you a hand. - Doctor Achilles, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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