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Questions on fractions, numbers of the form $p/q$ where $p$ and $q$ are integers, and $q$ is not zero.

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Algebra - fraction problem

"The cooler in a car contains $8$ litres. The coolant fluid contains $\dfrac3{10}$ of glycol and rest is water. To increase the glycol content to $\dfrac35$ you drop some of the coolant fluid and fill ...
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easier way to decompose fraction into partial fraction

It is a question in a test, and I couldn't manage to complete it. Given a complex fraction $\frac{1}{(z-1)^3(z+1)^3}$, we know that it can be decompose into ...
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Algebra problem with fractions

"In a musical class, the students either played piano or violin as head instrument. By a concert, the students got to choose whether they would do a solo or pair-performance. A piano player can only ...
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Solving $\frac{4P}{3} = 4P^{1/3}$ [on hold]

Could I have some pointers on solving following equation for $P$ $$\frac{4P}{3} = 4P^{1/3}$$ Thanks!
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Mathematics problem [closed]

what is the LCD of 8 2/9+1 7/12
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Calculating the value of $\frac{a-d}{b-c}$

If $\frac{a-b}{c-d}=2$ and $\frac{a-c}{b-d} = 3$ then determine the value of: $$\frac{a-d}{b-c}$$ Where $a,b,c,d$ are real numbers. Can someone please help me with this and give me a hint? I tried ...
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Calculate discount needed in order to achieve required profit margin. (algebra with fractions)

This problem seems to require algebra with fractions. This is basic high school (or even middle school?) stuff, but embarrassingly, I seem to have forgot it. Background I own a small business and ...
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Writing the sum of two rational functions as a single rational function.

Write as a single fraction: $$\frac{2x}{x-1} - \frac{x}{x+1}$$ Please can somebody talk me through this question as I don't understand how to get a common denominator. Thank you.
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limits question with radicals, rationalizing

Find the limit value Here's what I did (Above) I think I can rationalize the numerator to solve it, but I'm having trouble rationalizing numerator, when I'm usually rationalizing the denominator. ...
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Freshman sum related question.

I want to prove the following: If $\frac{u_1}{d_1} > \frac{u_2}{d_2} > \frac{u_3}{d_3} > \frac{u_4}{d_4}$ and $d_1 + d_3 > d_2 + d_4$ and $u_1 > u_2$ then $u_1 + u_3 > u_2 + ...
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Can ratios really be manipulated as fractions?

In high-school Maths, we were taught that it was possible to manipulate ratios as fractions. For example, $$ 1 : 7 = 3 : x \\ \frac{1}{7} = \frac{3}{x} \\ \frac{x}{7} = 3\\ x = 3 \times 7\\ x = 21\\ ...
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Is there an operator for adding the numerator and denominator of a fraction separately?

Numbers in the Farey sequence are expressed as fractions e.g $F_5$: $0\over1$ $1\over5$ $1\over4$ $1\over3$ $2\over5$ $1\over2$ $3\over5$ $2\over3$ $3\over4$ $4\over5$ $1\over1$ All of the $n\over5$ ...
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What is the property that allow the transformation $\frac{16a^3}{8ac}=\frac{16}8\cdot\frac{a^3}a\cdot\frac1c$?

In a monomial division like this: $$\frac{16a^3}{8ac}=\frac{16}8\cdot\frac{a^3}a\cdot\frac1c$$ Why I can do this $\dfrac1c$? Where this 1 come from?
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I need help with the method I should use for this question.

Of the fifith grade students, 15/20 went to the book fair. of the students who went to the book fair, 12/16 bought at least one book. what fraction of fifth grade students bought at least one book? ...
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The steps of simplifying a fraction?

So I'm in an Adult Education class for my GED and I'm trying hard to study on my Math which is the only subject I have trouble with. I only have "barely" a 6th grade education to Math so I'm having a ...
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Basic algebra/fractions: derivation

How do I do this derivation step? I don't understand why there is equality. The derivation is from my textbook. $$mg-m\left(\frac{g}{1+\frac{M}{2m}}\right)=\frac{mg}{1+\frac{2m}{M}}$$
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Trying to figure out a Mathematical pattern

I am given a start point, a, an end point b, and a number of values x. With that I am supposed to come up with the points between the start and end point. Below is an example ...
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How do you solve a logarithm with a non-integer base?

How would one calculate the log of a number where the base isn't an integer (in particular, an irrational number)? For example: $$0.5^x = 8 \textrm{ (where } x = -3\textrm{)}$$ $$\log_{0.5}8 = -3$$ ...
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Why do we miss 8 in 0.012345679…, 98 in 0.0001020304050607080910111213…, and so on in fractions like 1/81, 1/9801, and so on?

I've seen this happen that when you divide by a fraction using the square of any set of nines in the denominator depending on how many there are like ${1\over 99^2}={1\over 9,801}$, you get ...
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Find the value of x

$$\left(1-\frac{1}{2^2}\right)\left(1-\frac{1}{3^2}\right)\left(1-\frac{1}{4^2}\right)\ldots\left(1-\frac{1}{2011^2}\right)=\frac{x}{2\cdot 2012}$$ Help me solve this, obviously there is a shortcut ...
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How to find the value of $\sum_{k=1}^\infty (\frac{1}{9})^k$ using partial sums?

So I was trying to prove an infinite sum by looking at the partial sum, when I ran into a problem. Consider: $$\sum_{k=1}^n \left(\frac{1}{9}\right)^k = \frac{1}{8} 9^{-n} (9^n-1)$$ but as there are ...
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Finding out how out how much is 100%

I know 14% is 41. So how much is 100%? I know it is simple math, but... you know how it is being out of school for a few years. If at all possible, I'd like to see the equation too.
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Show that for every integer $n ≥ 1$, $1 + \frac{1}{4} +\frac{1}{9} + · · · + \frac{1}{n^2} ≤ 2 − \frac{1}{n}$

I can just think of trying to prove $\frac{1}{4} +\frac{1}{9} + · · · + \frac{1}{n^2} ≤ \frac{1}{n}$, but remains stuck.
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Trying to subtract 2 fractional

I'm trying to solve $f(x)=0$ for $x$, but I can't figure it out as I have to get both the denominators to become for instance $8x$, and then only 1 numerator has $x$ in it. How can I solve this? $$ ...
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Dividing by 2 numbers at once, what is the answer?

Let's say i have 4/1/5. or 4 divided by 1 divided by 5. Are there any rules that i am allowed to use to stop any mistakes?, for example this has 2 solutions, 4/5 , and 20. Edit: Thanks for your ...
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Rewrite fraction to calculate limit

I am practising finding limits. However, I can't seem to figure out this one. $$f(x) = \frac{x^3 + 4x - 5}{x^2-1}\text{ as $x$ goes to $1$}$$ I understand I have to rewrite the fraction somehow for ...
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How do I solve this fraction addition problem?

$4\frac{2}{9} + -9\frac{1}{2}$ yeilds result of $-5\frac{13}{18}$ but WolframAlpha says the answer is $-5\frac{5}{18}$ fixed.
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Instead of mid-point, how do i find a third of the way up the line instead.

I'm working with the program Maya, and i need to script a way to find various fractions up a line for each 3D vector. For example, lets say I have the vector (0, 0, 0), and the vector (12, 12, 12). ...
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Simplifying fractional exponents

I am very confused about the following: whenever I put in into wolfram alpha the answer it gives me is "indeterminate", is it not possible to simplify fractional exponents or something? if the ...
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Multiplying fractions to answer story problems.

My daughter had a math question about finding how far someone walked using multiplication of fractions. The distance was $1 \frac 78$ and he walked $\frac 23$ of the way. The problem wanted to ...
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How do you add two fractions?

I have a fraction I am trying to solve. I know the answer already, as Wolfram says it is $\frac{143}{300}$. The fraction is: $$\frac{5}{12} + \frac{3}{50} = \space ?$$ Please explain why and how your ...
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How do you solve this fraction?

The problem is : $ \frac{2}{3} + \frac{-1}{16} $ The answer I got was $ \frac{1}{48} $ . I believe it to be incorrect. Three does not divide into $16,$ so I cross multiplied. What am I doing wrong? ...
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Ideal from ring of fraction

Given $R$ is a commutative ring with $1$ and $D$ is multiplicatively closed containing $1$, I want to show that any ideal of $D^{-1}R$ is of the form $D^{-1}I$, where $I$ is an ideal in $R$. I have ...
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Regarding +/- fractions: what are some mental tests you can apply to uncommon fraction denominators?

When adding and subtracting fractions: what if there is no uncommon factor (for example 4=2,2 and 6=2,3). Does that always mean to use the LCM? What if the LCM is too big or time consuming to ...
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Why is (n+1)/2n = 1/2 + 1/n, and not 1/2 + 1/2n?

If I factor $(n+1)/2n$ by $n$, I get $n(1+1/n)/n(2)$. Simplifying, I end up with $(1 + 1/n) / 2$. This can be rewritten as: $1/2 + (1/n)/2$, which would give me $1/2 + (1/n) \times (1/2) = 1/2 + ...
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Show that $\, 0 \leq \left \lfloor{\frac{2a}{b}}\right \rfloor - 2 \left \lfloor{\frac{a}{b}}\right \rfloor \leq 1 $

How can I prove that, for $a,b \in \mathbb{Z}$ we have $$ 0 \leq \left \lfloor{\frac{2a}{b}}\right \rfloor - 2 \left \lfloor{\frac{a}{b}}\right \rfloor \leq 1 \, ? $$ Here, $\left \lfloor\,\right ...
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How to convert a Timestamp to fractional time (decimal)

If I have a timestamp 20114-4-1 13:24:10 what is the formula to convert this to a fractional time? I am trying to create a comparison between dates and I would like to do this using decimal. I have ...
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Is there a faster way to add/subtract fractions then having to draw a factor tree each time?

Do you really have to draw a factor tree and work with primes every time you encounter adding or subtracting fractions? Not this way - LCM(8,15)... ...
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6 grader math problem

a recipe call for the following ingredients: 3 c flour 3/4 c sugar 2 T butter to make 2/3 of recipe, how much of each ingredients should you use? revise the amount of ingredient..
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What is the correct way to divide a fraction?

This is a very basic question, but i'm struggling with it. Can someone explain the rules when dividing a fraction like this: $$\frac{\cos(\pi x)\sin(\pi x)}{\Large{\frac{\cos(\pi x)}{\sin(\pi x)}}}$$ ...
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Evaluating a limit as $x \to -\infty$ of a power of a rational function

Sorry for the weird title, I don't know how to put the equation on the title. $$\lim_{x\to-\infty}\left(\frac{1-x^3}{x^2+7x}\right)^5$$ Ok I divided inside the parenthesis by $x^2$, but now I am ...
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How to reduce this fraction?

I am trying to reduce the following fraction to its simplest form: $$\frac{2121212121210}{1121212121211}$$ Can someone please help me? Thanks.
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Calculate $X$ of a math problem

I am trying to learn some more math and I got stuck on this: $$\frac{0.2}{X} = 140$$ How do I calculate $X$? EDIT Sorry I meant to calculate $$\frac{28}{X} = 140$$ So that $X = 0.2$, but how do I ...
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Is there a simple closed form of $|\alpha(\sqrt{n}-\left\lfloor \sqrt{n} \right \rfloor) + \beta(\sqrt{n}-\left\lfloor \sqrt{n} \right \rfloor)|$?

Let $d_n(x)$ denote the $n$'th digit after the decimal point in $x$. Examples: $d_8(e) = 2,\;d_5(\pi) = 9$ $\alpha(x)$ and $\beta(x)$ are defined this way: $$d_n(\alpha(x)) = \left\{ ...
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Is there an example to demonstrate why $\frac{1}{(1/2)}$ equals $2$?

To explain why $\frac{1}{2}=\frac{2}{4}$ I use slices of pizza and show how eating one slice of a pizza cut in half is the same thing as eating two slices of a pizza cut in quarters. Is there a way ...
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The elementary question on sign of Rational numbers

The under picture show that $$+\dfrac{8}{3}=\dfrac{+8}{3}$$ Similarly we can show $-\dfrac{8}{3}=\dfrac{-8}{3}.$ Now How do can show that $$-\dfrac{8}{3}=\dfrac{8}{-3}?$$
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Simplifying a square root fraction

Simplify the following $$\frac{\sqrt{3}}{\sqrt{2}(\sqrt{6} - \sqrt{3})}$$ Apparently the answer is $\frac{1}{2} (2 + \sqrt{2})$ but can't for the life of me see how to get it. Any help is massively ...
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Sum of positive integers estimating sum of fractions

Given $m$ fractions adding up to an positive integer $n$ For example: $m=3\\n=10=\frac{30}{6}+\frac{20}{6}+\frac{10}{6}$ How can we find $m$ positive integers that sum to $n$ (a partition of $n$), ...
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What is the meaning of $dy=dx^2$?

When I read the mathematical analysis ,I think if the differential is $dy=Adx^2$ $A$ is a function about x, what will happen? Maybe, it is not proper defined ,but I think the "function" meet ...
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Convert a fraction to infinite repeating decimal?

We all know how to convert an infinite repeating decimal to fraction. It is simple. But now I have these fractions 10/23, 3/29, etc. I know these fractions can be written in infinite repeating ...