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    Simple fractions sum

    Vreni raised $250, and this is \frac{5}{52} of the total amount raised.
    What is the total amount?

    Now the memo tells me the answer is 2600, and it's found by 250 / 5 * 52. But I still don't understand how its worked out. My working is like this:

    \frac{5}{52} = 250

    \frac{52}{52} = x

    And theeeeeen.... I'm stuck.
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    Let x = the amount the total amount raised.

    so 250=x * \frac {5}{52}
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgv115 View Post
    Let x = the amount the total amount raised.

    so 250=x * \frac {5}{52}
    Concur. This is a direct translation of the (implied) sentence "$250 is 5/52 of the total amount raised." The "is" corresponds to "=", and the word "of" means "*".
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    Ahh its so easy once you look at it in another way. Thanks for helping!
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    You're certainly welcome for my contribution.
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