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divide and write the quotient as a mixed number: 16/5  i don't get it.

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shaun487 | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 7, 2009 at 4:38 AM via web

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divide and write the quotient as a mixed number: 16/5

 

i don't get it.

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cburr | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted March 7, 2009 at 5:57 AM (Answer #1)

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A fraction is basically a division problem.  Think about 1/4.  This fraction represents 1 whole divided into 4 pieces.

So, in this problem, the first step is to divide 16 by 5.  It will go in 3 times, with a remainder of 1.

The problem says the answer must be in the form of a mixed number -- that is, a whole number and a fraction.

The remainder in division can be expressed as a fraction:  remainder/divisor.   In this case, the remainder is 1/5.

So, the answer is 3 1/5.

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atyourservice | TA , Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted July 31, 2014 at 3:53 AM (Answer #2)

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16/5

the first step is to check how many times 5 would go into 16 as a whole.

The answer should be 3 as 3x5 = 15. So we have our number 3 with a remainder of 1.

that one cant be left alone so you put the 1 on top of the divisor (5), leaving you with:

3 1/5

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