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4 months ago

Q:
# Maya is packing her backpack for hike in one pocket she puts in 1/4 pound bag of trail mix a water bottle weighing 2 1/5 pounds in a flashlight weighing 1/4 lb how much weight did these three items add to her backpack

Accepted Solution

A:

This problem is simply asking us to add the weights which are presented as fractions. You can easily get the answer if you input them directly in a calculator. But I think the challenge here is to manually add fractions.

Let's add the two 1/4 lb weights because it is easier for they have a common denominator. Just simply add the numerators.

1/4 + 1/4 = 2/4

Then, add with this the fraction part of 2 1/5.

2/4 + 1/5 = ?

The least common denominator is 4*5 = 20. Then divide 20 with each denominator and multiply to their respective numerator.

2/4 + 1/5 = [(20/4 * 2) + (20/5 *1)]/20 = 14/20

14/20 is simplified to 7/10. Then add the whole number 2. Therefore, the sum of all weights is 2 7/10 pounds.

Let's add the two 1/4 lb weights because it is easier for they have a common denominator. Just simply add the numerators.

1/4 + 1/4 = 2/4

Then, add with this the fraction part of 2 1/5.

2/4 + 1/5 = ?

The least common denominator is 4*5 = 20. Then divide 20 with each denominator and multiply to their respective numerator.

2/4 + 1/5 = [(20/4 * 2) + (20/5 *1)]/20 = 14/20

14/20 is simplified to 7/10. Then add the whole number 2. Therefore, the sum of all weights is 2 7/10 pounds.