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125/24 can never be less than 31/24.

  1. Dec 16, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known dataThe sum of 3 7/8
    and 1 1/3 is less
    than the
    difference
    between 3/8 and 1
    2/3 by what?





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    3. The attempt at a solutionThe problem states that 125/24 is less than 31/24; that as 125/24 is less than 31/24, then by how much is (125/24) less than 31/24?

    I think that question has no answer and does not make any meaning since 125/24 can never be less than 31/24.

    How do you guys see it?
     
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  3. Dec 16, 2012 #2

    Dick

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    Re: Fraction

    You could say that 125/24 is 'less than' 31/24 by -94/24. But sure, it's not really less than.
     
  4. Dec 17, 2012 #3
    In other words, we can say that that 31/24 is greater than 125/24 by -91/24.
     
  5. Dec 17, 2012 #4

    Dick

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    Re: Fraction

    That's the amount you would have to add to 125/24 to get 31/24. But no, I don't think you should really say 'greater'. That's why I keep putting these words in quotes.
     
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