1. ## Fraction Algebra

When 4 is subtracted from the numerator of a fraction, the value of the fraction becomes 2.

When 5 is added to the denominator of the fraction, the value becomes 3/2. Find the fraction.

My guess here is to undo the fraction by multiplying it..............

2. Originally Posted by Tren301
When 4 is subtracted from the numerator of a fraction, the value of the fraction becomes 2.

When 5 is added to the denominator of the fraction, the value becomes 3/2. Find the fraction.

My guess here is to undo the fraction by multiplying it..............
Call the fraction $\frac{x}{y}$.

You're told that when 4 is subtracted from the numerator, the fraction is 2.

So $\frac{x - 4}{y} = 2$

$x - 4 = 2y$

and when 5 is added to the denominator, the fracton is $\frac{3}{2}$.

So $\frac{x}{y + 5} = \frac{3}{2}$

$2x = 3(y + 5)$

$2x = 3y + 15$.

So now you have two linear equations

$x - 4 = 2y$

$2x = 3y + 15$.

Solve them simultaneously, and then you can write what the fraction is.

3. Hello Tren301
Originally Posted by Tren301
When 4 is subtracted from the numerator of a fraction, the value of the fraction becomes 2.

When 5 is added to the denominator of the fraction, the value becomes 3/2. Find the fraction.

My guess here is to undo the fraction by multiplying it..............
Let the fraction be $\frac ab$, and set up two simultaneous equations:
$\frac{a-4}{b}=2$
and
$\frac{a}{b+5}=\frac32$
Can you continue from here?

PS Ah, I see Prove It has just pipped me to the post!

4. Originally Posted by Tren301
When 4 is subtracted from the numerator of a fraction, the value of the fraction becomes 2.

When 5 is added to the denominator of the fraction, the value becomes 3/2. Find the fraction.

My guess here is to undo the fraction by multiplying it..............
Hi Tren301,

This word problem can be translated into equations.

$\frac{p-4}{q}=2$

$\frac{p}{q+5}=\frac{3}{2}$

Can you solve the system?

Edit: Ah we all posted at roughly the same time, but mine came out last.