# Multiplying & Dividing Fractions - Application

• Jun 6th 2006, 08:49 PM
Euclid Alexandria
Multiplying & Dividing Fractions - Application
From the book: "A special on a cruise to the Bahamas is advertised to be $\frac{2}{3}$ of the regular price. If the regular price is $2757, what is the sale price?" I know I veered way off course at some point here, but I couldn't find any common factors to divide out. My answer: $x = sale\ price$ $x = 2,757 \div \frac{2}{3}$ $= \frac{2,757}{1} \div \frac{2}{3} = \frac{2,757}{1} \cdot \frac{3}{2} = \frac{2,757 \cdot 3}{1 \cdot 2} = \frac{8,271}{2}$ • Jun 7th 2006, 05:00 AM topsquark Quote: Originally Posted by Euclid Alexandria From the book: "A special on a cruise to the Bahamas is advertised to be $\frac{2}{3}$ of the regular price. If the regular price is$2757, what is the sale price?"

I know I veered way off course at some point here, but I couldn't find any common factors to divide out.

$x = sale\ price$

$x = 2,757 \div \frac{2}{3}$

$= \frac{2,757}{1} \div \frac{2}{3} = \frac{2,757}{1} \cdot \frac{3}{2} = \frac{2,757 \cdot 3}{1 \cdot 2} = \frac{8,271}{2}$

You divided by 2/3 when you should have multiplied. As a check, note that the sale price should be less than the regular price.

sale price = $$2757*\frac{2}{3} = \frac{5514}{3}$=$1838

-Dan
• Jun 7th 2006, 08:02 PM
Euclid Alexandria
Thanks for getting me unstuck!
Quote:

Originally Posted by topsquark
As a check, note that the sale price should be less than the regular price.

Yeah that's what tipped me off that I'd goofed up. I know the key word in the application is the word of, but at some point I started incorrectly thinking that meant "divide."
• Jun 13th 2006, 02:29 PM
Euclid Alexandria
Here's another application using the word of, except this time, multiplying isn't seeming to work at first glance. I was expecting to end up with a whole number/dollar amount. Any hints on where I'm going wrong?

From the book: "The Gonzales recently sold their house for $102,000, but $\frac{3}{50}$ of this amount goes to the real estate companies that helped them sell their house. How much money do the Gonzales pay to the real estate companies?" My answer $x = 102,000$ $= \frac{3}{50} \cdot \frac{102,000}{1} = \frac{3 \cdot 34,000}{50 \cdot 1} = \frac{102,000}{50}$ • Jun 13th 2006, 04:10 PM Quick Quote: Originally Posted by Euclid Alexandria Here's another application using the word of, except this time, multiplying isn't seeming to work at first glance. I was expecting to end up with a whole number/dollar amount. Any hints on where I'm going wrong? From the book: "The Gonzales recently sold their house for$102,000, but $\frac{3}{50}$ of this amount goes to the real estate companies that helped them sell their house. How much money do the Gonzales pay to the real estate companies?"

$x = 102,000$

$= \frac{3}{50} \cdot \frac{102,000}{1} = \frac{3 \cdot 34,000}{50 \cdot 1} = \frac{102,000}{50}$

You've done the work right, except that $\frac{3}{50} \cdot \frac{102,000}{1} \neq \frac{3 \cdot 34,000}{50 \cdot 1}$ it really is $\frac{3}{50} \cdot \frac{102,000}{1} = \frac{3 \cdot 102,000}{50 \cdot 1}$

with that in mind, the rest is easy...

$\frac{3\cdot102,000}{50\cdot1}$

$\frac{306,000}{50}$

$6,120$

so the amount payed to the real-estate company is \$6,120.
• Jun 14th 2006, 08:18 PM
Euclid Alexandria
Thanks. :)

I either need to

A) Get more sleep, or
B) Drink more Monster.

Obviously, I divided. Again. Even after inserting a multiplication symbol.