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Division of fractions word problems

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From: Gail (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Jan 11, 2008 at 22:27:56
Subject: Re: Division of fractions word problems

Hi Brian,  

You might think about things that you already have just a part of, like 1/2
of a cake, or 1/3 of a pot of soup, or 1/4 of a dollar.  Then, imagine that
you needed to share those things with a number of people...   
or perhaps you know the size serving you want to share, and you need to 
find out how many servings that part you have will yield...    

For example, you have 1/2 of a cake, and you know the usual serving size 
is 1/8 of a cake. You want to know how many 1/8 sized pieces there are in 
1/2 of a cake...  that is, 1/2 divided by 1/8.

Or maybe you have 1/2 of a cake, and you want to share it with 5 people.  
That means you want to find out how big each piece will be. 1/2 divided 
by 5 should tell you.

I hope this is what you are looking for.

 -Gail, for the T2T service

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