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So what is 1 third of 1 half?

by crowsfoot / February 18, 2013 2:10 PM PST

No.

Don't look it up. You're supposed to know this.


Think rather, whether you should vote.

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what's 2 sevenths of 3 fourths?
by crowsfoot / February 18, 2013 2:24 PM PST

?

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(NT) Fuzzy anyone?
by crowsfoot / February 18, 2013 2:25 PM PST
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Rachel today.
by crowsfoot / February 18, 2013 2:58 PM PST
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**** Cheney on Charlie Rose - Feb 13, 2013
by crowsfoot / February 18, 2013 3:13 PM PST
In reply to: Rachel today.
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(NT) 6/28
by James Denison / February 19, 2013 2:46 PM PST
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(NT) reduce to 3/14
by Steven Haninger / February 19, 2013 5:57 PM PST
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yep
by James Denison / February 20, 2013 2:14 AM PST
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3 kids and helping their homework.

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For all such, "of" = "multiply"
by drpruner / February 28, 2013 7:57 AM PST

So just multiply across numerators, then denominators, the reduce a/r.

2/7 * 3/4 = 6/28 = 3/14 e.g.

Say, is this a political thread?? Don't tell my elders I replied!

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Yes. Right.
by crowsfoot / March 1, 2013 11:43 AM PST

What I am asking is how many of us absorbed that as a fundimental truth of the universe? Worth ultimate aceptance. And of such great importance that we remember it before and foremost, before (say) Shakespeare.
You ask at the Thanksgiving table, 1/3 of 1/2, and the adults wait. The kids try to think of search terms.
Fundamentals are seen as temporary hurtles to be gotten over on your way to beating "the other guy" into the dirt.
Even now. Quickly. 1/3 of 1/2?

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"It's 'hurdles'", says the English fanatic.
by drpruner / March 4, 2013 11:14 AM PST
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Happy
Many high school kids don't know that "per" indicates "divide by". (As in MPH) I subbed in an elementary class where the teacher posted a useful list of such words-to-math clues; I guess nobody looked.
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I can see how they'd be confused
by Steven Haninger / March 4, 2013 5:56 PM PST

as per means "for each", "according to", "by means of" and maybe variations of those. Of course it's a cat noise too.

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So that's why
by drpruner / March 5, 2013 5:38 AM PST

I had such trouble explaining Schrodinger's cat to my physics classes ...

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(NT) BTW your slip was an excellent one. Same meaning.
by drpruner / March 5, 2013 5:40 AM PST
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(NT) 1/6
by James Denison / February 19, 2013 2:46 PM PST
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Took you 2 stabs but you finally got it.
by JP Bill / February 19, 2013 7:19 PM PST
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You get a blue star...not a Gold Star.

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(NT) There were two math questions
by Steven Haninger / February 19, 2013 7:29 PM PST
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(NT) OK..you're correct ....My mistake.
by JP Bill / February 19, 2013 8:16 PM PST
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