Basic College Mathematics (9th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0321825535
ISBN 13: 978-0-32182-553-7

Chapter 3 - Adding and Subtracting Fractions - Review Exercises: 34

Answer

estimate - 17 exact - 17$\frac{1}{12}$

Work Step by Step

31$\frac{3}{4}$ - 14$\frac{2}{3}$ Estimate : 31$\frac{3}{4}$ round to 32 14$\frac{2}{3}$ round to 15 So subtract 32 – 15 = 17 is the estimate answer Exact : 31$\frac{3}{4}$ - 14$\frac{2}{3}$ The least common multiple of 4 and 3 is 12. Rewrite all the fractions as fractions with a least common denominator of 12 Rewrite as like fraction 31$\frac{3}{4}$ - 14$\frac{2}{3}$ = 31$\frac{9}{12}$ - 14$\frac{8}{12}$ Subtract : 31$\frac{9}{12}$ - 14$\frac{8}{12}$ Subtraction of the whole number is 17 and Subtraction of the fraction is $\frac{1}{12}$ = 17$\frac{1}{12}$ The estimate was 17, so the exact answer of 17$\frac{1}{12}$is reasonable
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