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Partitioning Fractions

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From: Gail (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Nov 27, 1999 at 23:54:09
Subject: Re: Partitioning Fractions

I think it has to do with looking at the pieces that can make up a fraction,
but I am not sure.  I did a search and was not able to find anything helpful.

What I am thinking is that, just like numbers can be expressed as sums of
other numbers, fracitons can also be expressed as sums of other fractions.
For example, 1/2 is also 6/12, and that could be expressed as 1/12 + 2/12
+ 3/12, or 1/12 + 1/6 + 1/4.  It would be easiest to see this using an area
model, I think.  I will put a memo on this answer to let others know I am not
sure it has been totally answered.  :-)

 -Gail, for the Teacher2Teacher service

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