## Basic College Mathematics (9th Edition)

estimated 36 grams exact : 30$\frac{5}{8}$ grams
Step 1: Read the problem. The problem asks for the grams that can be synthesized in 12$\frac{1}{4}$ days Step 2 Work out a plan. Multiply the 2$\frac{1}{2}$ grams per day and grams can be synthesized in 12$\frac{1}{4}$ days. Step 3 Estimate a reasonable answer. Round 2$\frac{1}{2}$ grams to 3 grams and 12$\frac{1}{4}$ days to 12 days Multiply 3 grams by 12 days = 36 grams. Step 4 Solve the problem. Find the exact answer 2$\frac{1}{2}$ * 12$\frac{1}{4}$ Convert mixed fractions into improper fractions $\frac{5}{2}$ * $\frac{49}{4}$ = $\frac{245}{8}$ = 30$\frac{5}{8}$ grams Step 5 State the answer. 30$\frac{5}{8}$ grams can be synthesized in 12$\frac{1}{4}$ days Step 6 Check. The exact answer, 30$\frac{5}{8}$ grams , is close to our estimate of 36 grams.