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

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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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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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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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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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How to convert a fraction into ternary?

In a ternary system how is $\dfrac{1}{2}=0.\bar1$ ,$\dfrac{1}{3}=0.1=0.0\bar2$??, etc. In general, how does one write the ternary expression for a given fraction?
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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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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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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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6th grader math questions [closed]

half of pizza is broccoli and half is mushroom, John ate 2/3 of broccoli and 1/4 mushroom. How much pizza did he eat?
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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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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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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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Simplify $\left({\sum_{k=1}^{2499}\sqrt{10+{\sqrt{50+\sqrt{k}}}}}\right)\left({\sum_{k=1}^{2499}\sqrt{10-{\sqrt{50+\sqrt{k}}}}}\right)^{-1}$

Simplify $$\frac{\displaystyle\sum_{k=1}^{2499}\sqrt{10+{\sqrt{50+\sqrt{k}}}}}{\displaystyle\sum_{k=1}^{2499}\sqrt{10-{\sqrt{50+\sqrt{k}}}}}$$ I don't have any good idea. I need your help.
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Is 1 divided by 3 equal to 0.333…?

I have been taught that $\frac{1}{3}$ is 0.333.... However, I believe that this is not true, as 1/3 cannot actually be represented in base ten; even if you had ...
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Equation simplification, can't get it right

$$\frac{1}{\frac{x-1}{x+2}}-\frac{2}{x^2-1}$$ should be simplified into $$\frac{x^2+3x}{x^2-1} \quad .$$ However, when I try to do it (tried several times), I fail to get it done right: ...
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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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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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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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Comparing Fractional Numbers

Does a formula exist for comparing two fractional numbers, without resolving to using anything other than integers and fractions? (Thus not real numbers). In other words: given $\dfrac{a}{b}$ and ...
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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 ...
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A question about how to express a fraction as ${1\over q_1}+{1\over q_2}+ \cdots+{1\over q_N}$

Let $x$ be a positive rational number, strictly between $0$ and $1$. Prove that there is a finite strictly increasing list of positive integers $2 \leq q_1<q_2<\cdots<q_N $ such that ...
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Fractions and big $O$ notation.

I need to find the principal part of the holomorphic functions: $$ \frac{1}{1-\cos z},\,\,\text{in $z_0=0$, and}\,\, \tan z\,\,\text{in $z=\pi/2$} $$ So using the Taylor series of $\sin z$ and $\cos ...
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Show the minimum value for v

Really struggling with this question... If $$v=\frac{(L\cdot V1-V1\cdot x+V2\cdot x)\cdot R}{2Lrx-2rx^2+LR}$$ Prove that the minimum values ($x>0$) for $v$ will occur at: ...
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Explanation of series for sin(x) and cos(x) [closed]

Can anyone explain me what is this equation telling us? I need to implement it in my computer program. I do not need a proof of these, but an explanation of notation used here. AND
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Why is $1 \times 3 \times 5 \times \cdots \times (2k-3) = \frac{(2k-2)!}{2^{(k-1)}(k-1)!}$

In order to find out the Catalan numbers from their generating function you have to evaluate the product above. Here is what I thought: \begin{align*} 1 \times 3 \times 5 \times...\times (2k-3) ...
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How would I find the decimal expansion of $1/99^2$

I want to find the repeating decimal expansion of $1/99^2$. All I know is that $1/99 = 0.010101\cdots$. How would I continue?
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Numbers that cannot be expressed as fractions

What are Numbers that cannot be expressed as Fractions called?
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$\text{If } |z_1| = |z_2|, \text{ show that } \frac{z_1 + z_2}{z_1-z_2} \text{is imaginary.} $

$\text{If } |z_1| = |z_2|, \text{ show that } \frac{z_1 + z_2}{z_1-z_2} \text{is imaginary.} $ The first thing I tried to do was to multiply both top and bottom by the conjugate of the denominator... ...
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Prove the following fraction is irreducible

Prove $\frac{21n + 4}{14n + 3}$ is irreducible for every natural number $n$. I was thinking of taking a number-theory based approach. Can you suggest the following method Calculus/Number theory ...
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What's the algebraic property where you can flip the fractions in an equation?

Earlier in algebra, we spent over 20 minutes trying to figure out $$ \frac{1}{R_1} + \frac{1}{R_2} = \frac{1}{R_e} \,\,\,\, \text{solve for }R_2 $$ when the teacher said "What you start out with is ...
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Simplifying an expression written as the sum of three fractions

Specifically, I don't know what to do first given the following expression: $$ \frac{4x - 2}{6} - \frac{2 - x}{4} + \frac{x + 3}{3} $$ So I think of it as $\frac 16(4x-2) - \frac 14(2-x) + \frac ...
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How to label a tenth of a second properly in a graph?

I'm making a graph for a science class, and the x-axis represents every tenth of a second. What's the best way of labeling that axis other than "time (one tenth of a second)", or is that the best way? ...
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Finding the limit by factoring the denominator and canceling

I have the problem $$\lim_{x\to10} \frac{x-3}{x^2+7x-30}$$ If I factor it to $\dfrac{x-3}{(x+10)(x-3)}$ then $x-3$ cancels and I'm left with $0$. I know the real answer is $1/20$, but why is zero ...
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Parametric solution of the Diophantine equation $\frac{1}{p}=\frac{1}{x}+\frac{1}{y}+\frac{1}{z} ,x,y,z∈Z^+.$

I have prove that, for any given positive integer $p,$ parametric solution of the Diophantine equation $$\frac{1}{p}=\frac{1}{x}+\frac{1}{y}$$ can be written in the form $x=ac(a+b),y=bc(a+b),$ where ...
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Show that $\frac 1{1+x+y^{-1}}+\frac1{1+y+z^{-1}}+\frac1{1+z+x^{-1}}=1$ if $xyz=1$

If $x.y.z=1$ show that $\dfrac 1{1+x+y^{-1}}+\dfrac1{1+y+z^{-1}}+\dfrac1{1+z+x^{-1}}=1$ My attempt - L.H.S$=\dfrac 1{1+x+y^{-1}}+\dfrac1{1+y+z^{-1}}+\dfrac1{1+z+x^{-1}}$ $=\dfrac y{y+xy+1}+\dfrac ...
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Show that $\frac{(b+c)^2} {3bc}+\frac{(c+a)^2}{3ac}+\frac{(a+b)^2}{3ab}=1$

If $a^3+b^3+c^3=3abc$ and $a+b+c=0$ show that $\frac{(b+c)^2} {3bc}+\frac{(c+a)^2}{3ac}+\frac{(a+b)^2}{3ab}=1$
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Canceling in fractions sometimes gives a wrong result

When the same factor appears in the numerator and denominator, it can be canceled out: $$\frac{4a}{4a} = 1$$ However, in this more complicated fraction this does not work: $$\frac{4ac-b^2}{4a} \neq ...
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Could this be factored any further?

My friend recently told me that $\frac{-x}{x}$ could not be simplified any further. Is he correct or could it be simplified such that the answer isn't undefined when you ...
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How do I prove that any unit fraction can be represented as the sum of two other distinct unit fractions?

A number of the form $\frac{1}{n}$, where $n$ is an integer greater than $1$, is called a unit fraction. Noting that $\frac{1}{2} = \frac{1}{3} + \frac{1}{6}$ and $\frac{1}{3} = \frac{1}{4} + ...