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Practical uses for division of fraction

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From: Gail (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Aug 24, 1998 at 17:55:12
Subject: Practical uses for division of fraction

Suppose you had 5/8 yds. of a piece of fabric, and you needed 1/4 yd pieces
to make appliques or quilt blocks, or something).  How many 1/4 pieces
could you get from a 5/8 yd. piece?  The problem would be 5/8 divided by

Or, what about having an hour and a half to spend, knowing that each computer
game you play takes you a 1/4 hour to complete.  You need to know how many
quater hours you can use in three halves of an hour, so the problem would be
3/2 divided by 1/4.  That is not a great example, because you would probably
use minutes rather than parts of an hour.

I guess the first one is a bit obsolete, since many people don't sew...
what other example could be used with those same numbers?

 -Gail, for the Teacher2Teacher service

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