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Fractions as Decimals

Dividing the denominator into the numerator

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Does your family eat meat? If so, where do they buy it? Grocery stores and meat markets employ butchers, who are responsible for cutting up meat into marketable portions. They purchase meat from farmers or wholesalers. Some butchers even create their own signature meat patties, sausages, or other smoked meat products.

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At many meat counters, customers can request a specific amount of meat. The scale only displays decimals, but customers often order in fractions such as half a pound or a third of a pound. To serve customers, butchers must know how to convert common fractions into decimals. They must be able to come up with appropriate decimal values for numbers like \begin{align*}\tfrac{1}{3}\end{align*} and \begin{align*}\tfrac{2}{3}\end{align*} to be plugged into their scales.

Many customers prefer dealing with butchers because their meat is often fresher and of a higher quality than prepackaged meat from other sources. In addition, a good butcher can recommend the proper cut of meat for a recipe, and can also cut meat to order.

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Most butchers learn their trade through on-the-job training. They often begin as employees at the meat counter of a grocery store. If they enjoy the work and lifestyle, they may choose to work at a gourmet market or in a specialty store that only sells meat.

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  1. [1]^ Credit: Jessica Spengler; Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/97844767@N00/73333346; License: CC BY-NC 3.0
  2. [2]^ Credit: Bob Jagendorf; Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/20801313@N00/6727057563; License: CC BY-NC 3.0

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