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    A very simple question

    Hi i know this sounds dumb but i have been messing around with division and i know how to do short and long division but when i divide (38 by 8 i get 4 remainder 6) which is simple but when done on a calculator the answer is 4.75, i know the 4 is correct but where does the .75 come from.

    Please help as this is doing my head in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greenwood View Post
    Hi i know this sounds dumb but i have been messing around with division and i know how to do short and long division but when i divide (38 by 8 i get 4 remainder 6) which is simple but when done one on a calculator the answer is 4.75, i know the 4 is correct but where does the .75 come from.

    Please help as this is doing my head in.
    4.75 is the decimal representation of 4\frac{3}{4}

    Now you have 38/8=4 remainder 6, or 4 \frac{6}{8} but \frac{6}{8}=\frac{3}{4} so we have:

    \frac{38}{8}=4\frac{3}{4}=4.75

    RonL
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    What is [LaTeX Error: Couldn't copy temporary file]
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    Quote Originally Posted by greenwood View Post
    What is [LaTeX Error: Couldn't copy temporary file]
    You don't really want to know, but look again its OK now.

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