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### Writing a Remainder as a Reduced Fraction

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Date: 08/29/2001 at 23:56:03
From: Maria Verduzco
Subject: To do division and write the the remainder as a reduced
fraction

Dr. Math,

I am having trouble doing division and writing the remainder as a
reduced fraction. I only have two problems to solve: 1,652 divided by
12 and 43,144 divided by 45.

Thanks so much!
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Date: 08/30/2001 at 13:03:05
From: Doctor Peterson
Subject: Re: To do division and write the the remainder as a reduced
fraction

Hi, Maria.

I'll give you a simple example. Let's divide 23 by 4:

___5_
4 ) 23
20
--
3

This means that if we divide 23 by 4 we get 5, with a remainder of 3.
How can we treat that remainder as a fraction?

Look at it this way. I want to fill boxes with books. Four books fit
in a box, and I have 23 books. The division shows me that I can fill
5 boxes completely, and will have 3 books left over. How full will the
next box be? It will contain 3 out of 4 books, so it will be 3/4 full.

So our answer is, 23 / 4 = 5 3/4. We use the remainder as the
numerator of the fraction, and the divisor as the denominator.

This process is actually identical to that of converting an improper
fraction to a mixed number. You can read more about that by going to
our Search page

http://mathforum.org/mathgrepform.html

and looking for the keywords   improper fraction mixed  .

If you still have trouble, write back and show me your work so I can
check it and see where, if at all, you have made a mistake.

- Doctor Peterson, The Math Forum
http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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Associated Topics:
Elementary Division
Elementary Fractions

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