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Practical uses of operations with fractions

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From: Dee
To: Teacher2Teacher Service
Date: Mar 06, 2008 at 19:59:35
Subject: Practical uses of operations with fractions

What are practical uses for adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions? I need to explain uses for these to a 5th grader, after a teacher explained that they will never use such applications in real life.

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