Word Problems/Fractions


The homework question asks as following, "Which type of stores has the greatest number of stores?" Now I know that you can't see the graph, but all I want to know is how to compare fractions.

To compare fractions,
 1. convert mixed numbers to improper fractions
  For example, change 3 to 7/2
 2. give all the fractions a common denominator
  Example: The least common denominator of , ⅔, and is 12.
   = 3/12
  ⅔ = 8/12
   = 6/12
 3. Compare the numerators
  Using the previous example,
  3/12 < 6/12 < 8/12
  so < < ⅔

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Janet Yang


Word problems are my favorite type of math questions! I would not feel comfortable answering questions that require specialized knowledge (Physics, Statistics, etc.) because I have not studied these in depth.


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