# Math Help - word problem

1. ## word problem

an average adults heart beats 8 times every 6 seconds,whereas a new baby's heart beats 7 times every 3 seconds.determine whether these rates are the same....

2. Originally Posted by BeBeMala
an average adults heart beats 8 times every 6 seconds,whereas a new baby's heart beats 7 times every 3 seconds.determine whether these rates are the same....
$\frac{8~beats}{6~s} = 1.3333~beats/s$

$\frac{7~beats}{3~s} = 2.333333~beats/s$

So no, they aren't the same.

-Dan

3. ## Ok

Originally Posted by BeBeMala
an average adults heart beats 8 times every 6 seconds,whereas a new baby's heart beats 7 times every 3 seconds.determine whether these rates are the same....
If we reduce both and they are the same they whould equal to eachother and by reducing we get $\frac{4}{3}\ne{\frac{7}{3}}$..so no