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wmdschristie3
Junior Member
USA
5 Posts 
Posted  10/03/2007 : 19:56:15

Please tell me if my answer is corect.
write each fraction in simplest form. give the GCF of the numerator and denominator.
18  =1/3 GCF=81 45



skeeter
Advanced Member
USA
5634 Posts 
Posted  10/03/2007 : 20:07:08

afraid not.
18/45 = (9 2)/(9 5)
so, looking above, what is the GCF (greatest common factor) of the numerator and denominator?
what will the fraction be in reduced terms? 


the_hill1962
Advanced Member
USA
1469 Posts 
Posted  10/04/2007 : 07:05:37

skeeter: You posted an excellent response! I wonder if wmdschristie3 meant GCF=18 (which would not be correct anyway) instead of GCF=81 (which makes no sense). wmdschristie3: How do you figure the GCF is 81? IF you meant 18, then yes, 18 does divide evenly into 18 but 18 does not divide evenly into 45.
quote: Originally posted by skeeter
afraid not.
18/45 = (9 2)/(9 5)
so, looking above, what is the GCF (greatest common factor) of the numerator and denominator?
what will the fraction be in reduced terms?



Subhotosh Khan
Advanced Member
USA
9117 Posts 
Posted  10/04/2007 : 10:29:37

Since we are guessing what the problem could be.....
Another possibility  the problem could have been:
18/54 = 1/3 and GCF(18,54) = 18
So two numbers transposed (54 to 45 and 18 to 81). 


the_hill1962
Advanced Member
USA
1469 Posts 
Posted  10/04/2007 : 10:52:44

I wonder if wmdschristie3 will make a reply to our posts. Hopefully something has clicked for wmdschristie3. 



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