# [SOLVED] 4th grade math problem

• Oct 8th 2007, 05:41 PM
JasonProb
This is word for word

When the quotient of two numbers is the same as the first factor, what do you know about the second factor? Explain how you know.

Thank You for the help...
• Oct 8th 2007, 05:56 PM
vesperka
The second factor is 1.

Think about, if you divide two numbers, and your answer is always the same as your first number, you must be dividing by one :)

That's an oddly worded question though.
• Oct 8th 2007, 07:01 PM
topsquark
Quote:

Originally Posted by JasonProb
This is word for word

When the quotient of two numbers is the same as the first factor, what do you know about the second factor? Explain how you know.

Thank You for the help...

It looks to me like the question goes more like this:
You have a number, say 16. You take the quotient of 16 and 4: 16 divided by 4 is 4. The quotient is equal to the first factor, which is 4.

I would say that in order for this to be true then the second factor is the same as the first. (In other words, the larger number is a perfect square.)

-Dan
• Oct 8th 2007, 07:11 PM
vesperka
What exactly are you using as your definition of factor? Based on your example, I would say 16 is the first factor, 4 is the second factor, and 4 is the quotient. Using this definition, the quotient wouldn't be equal to the first factor, but it would be equal to the second factor.

I think I might have the wrong meaning for factor though, I hope I didn't JasonProb in the wrong direction :(
• Oct 8th 2007, 07:20 PM
Jhevon
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Originally Posted by vesperka
What exactly are you using as your definition of factor? Based on your example, I would say 16 is the first factor, 4 is the second factor, and 4 is the quotient. Using this definition, the quotient wouldn't be equal to the first factor, but it would be equal to the second factor.

I think I might have the wrong meaning for factor though, I hope I didn't JasonProb in the wrong direction :(

a factor, as it is used in this context, is a divisor. we would not think of 16 as a "factor" here.
• Oct 8th 2007, 07:22 PM
vesperka
Oh alright my bad, I just didn't think that the second factor and the quotient were the same thing :(