Hi All,

I'm trying to multiply the below..

so this would symplify to

leaving

But the answer is n = 3/10. So where did I go wrong?

.. How....?

Thanks,

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- Jan 12th 2011, 05:31 AMdumluckMultiplying Fractions
Hi All,

I'm trying to multiply the below..

so this would symplify to

leaving

But the answer is n = 3/10. So where did I go wrong?

.. How....?

Thanks, - Jan 12th 2011, 06:08 AMbjhopper
Hi dumluck,

Simplifythe equality. Both sides.Then cross multiply.You will then get the right answer

bjh - Jan 12th 2011, 06:26 AMdumluck
- Jan 12th 2011, 06:51 AMSoroban
Hello, dumluck!

Quote:

As bjhopper suggested, reduce the fractions first.

So we have: .

- Jan 12th 2011, 07:05 AMdumluck
Thanks Soroban,

In the above where you have seperated the symplification into three fractions (i.e you could put a line between the fractions and symplify each seperately); Is that the typical first step? As in, take each fraction and try to find a divisor, if there are no divisors look at the whole (as you have done with the '25' for the fraction on the right?). The concept I grasp, it seems to be the analysis of the problem I'm not grasping. - Jan 12th 2011, 07:08 AMHallsofIvy
- Jan 12th 2011, 07:14 AMdumluck
I get it, thanks for that. Phew.... Think I sweated a little there...

- Jan 12th 2011, 08:07 AMbjhopper
Hi again dumluck,

You are making mistakes in simplifing.Left side simplifies to 250/3.Right side to 25/n.

bjh