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Homework Help: Evaluate fraction x fraction

  1. Apr 22, 2010 #1
    What does the word mean when you are presented with a question like this?

    Evaluate 3 1/3 x 1 1/5

    Is it simply asking us to work out the answer to the sum?
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  3. Apr 22, 2010 #2


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    A sum? Isn't this a product of fractions? In words, three wholes and one third times one whole and one fifth?
  4. Apr 22, 2010 #3


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    As Radou noted, this is a product, not a sum. The two numbers are mixed numbers (a whole number plus a fraction), which are not very useful for calculations. Convert each of the mixed numbers to an improper fraction, and then multiply, using the rules of fraction multiplication.
  5. Apr 23, 2010 #4
    Hi Mark
    Thanks once again fior helping out.
    Does that mean the solution is as follows?
    10/3 x 6/5 = 60/15 = 4
    When the question says, "Evaluate", I guess it just means "work out the answer"?
  6. Apr 23, 2010 #5


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    Yes, "evaluate" simply means "do the arithmetic".

    And, radou and Mark44, "sum" is a common Britishism for any arithmetic problem.
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