Student Question

In a basket of fruits , 1/3 are apples , 1/4 are oranges , 1/5 are bananas. The remaining are mangoes. What part of the basket of fruits are mangoes? If the total number of fruits is 240, how many of each are there in the basket?

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1/3 of 240 = 80 apples

1/4 of 240 = 60 oranges

1/5 of 240 = 48 bananas

80+60+48 = 188 mixed fruits/240 total fruits

240-188 = 52 mangoes/ 240 as a reduced fraction =

divide both the numerator and denominator by 2

26/120 =

divide both the numerator and denominator by 2

13/60 mangoes

Check to see if it works by creating equivalent fractions and adding them up to see if they will equal 1 or 60/60.

20/60+15/60+12/60+13/60 = 60/60 = 1

Or convert all of the fractions to decimals and add them up to see if they will equal 1.

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