2.7: Mixed Numbers in Applications
What if you had a jar of pennies? You take out a handful that is equal to
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CK-12 Foundation: 0207S Real-World Multiplication and Division (H264)
Guidance
Using the skills learned in the last two concepts, you now ready to solve real-world problems.
Example A
In the chemistry lab there is a bottle with two liters of a 15% solution of hydrogen peroxide
a) The amount of
b) The amount of diluted
c) The concentration of the
Solution
a) To determine the amount of
The amount remaining is
There are 1.6 liters left in the bottle.
b) We determined that the amount of the 15%
There are 1.2 liters of diluted
c) The new concentration of
John started with
After he adds the water, there is 1.2 liters of solution in the beaker, so the concentration of
Example B
Anne has a bar of chocolate and she offers Bill a piece. Bill quickly breaks off
First, let’s look at this problem visually.
Anne starts with a full candy bar.
Bill breaks off
Cindy takes
Dora gets half of the remaining candy bar.
We can see that the candy bar ends up being split four ways, with each person getting an equal amount.
Solution
Each person gets exactly
We can also examine this problem using rational numbers. We keep a running total of what fraction of the bar remains. Remember, when we read a fraction followed by of in the problem, it means we multiply by that fraction.
We start with 1 bar. Then Bill takes
Cindy takes
That half bar gets split between Anne and Dora, so they each get half of a half bar:
So each person gets exactly
Extension: If each person’s share is 3 oz, how much did the original candy bar weigh?
Example C
Newton’s second law
Solution
First, we rearrange our equation to isolate the acceleration,
\begin{align*}a = \frac{7 \frac{1}{3}}{\frac{1}{5}} = \frac{22}{3} \div \frac{1}{5} = \frac{22}{3} \times \frac{5}{1} = \frac{110}{3}\end{align*}
The resultant acceleration is \begin{align*}36 \frac{2}{3} \ m/s^2\end{align*}.
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CK-12 Foundation: Solving Real-World Problems Using Multiplication and Division
Vocabulary
When multiplying an expression by negative one, remember to multiply the entire expression by negative one.
To multiply fractions, multiply the numerators and multiply the denominators: \begin{align*}\frac{a}{b} \cdot \frac{c}{d} = \frac{ac}{bd}\end{align*}
The multiplicative properties are:
- Commutative Property: The product of two numbers is the same whichever order the items to be multiplied are written. Example: \begin{align*}2 \cdot 3 = 3 \cdot 2 \end{align*}
- Associative Property: When three or more numbers are multiplied, the sum is the same regardless of how they are grouped. Example: \begin{align*} 2 \cdot (3 \cdot 4) = (2 \cdot 3) \cdot 4\end{align*}
- Multiplicative Identity Property: The product of any number and one is the original number. Example: \begin{align*}2 \cdot 1 = 2\end{align*}
- Distributive property: The multiplication of a number and the sum of two numbers is equal to the first number times the second number plus the first number times the third number. Example: \begin{align*}4(2 + 3) = 4(2) + 4(3)\end{align*}
The multiplicative inverse of a number is the number which produces 1 when multiplied by the original number. The multiplicative inverse of \begin{align*}x\end{align*} is the reciprocal \begin{align*}\frac{1}{x}\end{align*}. To find the multiplicative inverse of a fraction, simply invert the fraction: \begin{align*}\frac{a}{b}\end{align*} inverts to \begin{align*}\frac{b}{a}\end{align*}.
To divide fractions, invert the divisor and multiply: \begin{align*}\frac{a}{b} \div \frac{c}{d} = \frac{a}{b} \times \frac{d}{c}\end{align*}.
An object moving at a certain speed will cover a fixed distance in a set time. The quantities speed, distance and time are related through the equation \begin{align*}\text{Speed} = \frac{\text{Distance}}{\text{Time}}\end{align*}.
Guided Practice
Andrew is driving down the freeway. He passes mile marker 27 at exactly mid-day. At 12:35 he passes mile marker 69. At what speed, in miles per hour, is Andrew traveling?
Solution
To find the speed, we need the distance traveled and the time taken. If we want our speed to come out in miles per hour, we’ll need distance in miles and time in hours.
The distance is \begin{align*}69 - 27 \end{align*} or 42 miles. The time is 35 minutes, or \begin{align*}\frac{35}{60}\end{align*} hours, which reduces to \begin{align*}\frac{7}{12}\end{align*}. Now we can plug in the values for distance and time into our equation for speed.
\begin{align*}\text{Speed} = \frac{42}{\frac{7}{12}} = 42 \div \frac{7}{12} = \frac{42}{1} \times \frac{12}{7} = \frac{6 \cdot 7 \cdot 12}{1 \cdot 7} = \frac{6 \cdot 12}{1} = 72\end{align*}
Andrew is driving at 72 miles per hour.
Practice
For 1-8, perform the operations of multiplication and division.
- \begin{align*}(3 - x)\end{align*}
- \begin{align*}\frac{1}{13} \times \frac{1}{11}\end{align*}
- \begin{align*}\frac{7}{27} \times \frac{9}{14}\end{align*}
- \begin{align*}\left ( \frac{3}{5} \right )^2\end{align*}
- \begin{align*}\frac{1}{2} \div \frac{x}{4y}\end{align*}
- \begin{align*}\left ( - \frac{1}{3} \right ) \div \left( - \frac{3}{5} \right )\end{align*}
- \begin{align*}\frac{7}{2} \div \frac{7}{4}\end{align*}
- \begin{align*}11 \div \frac{-x}{4}\end{align*}
For 9-11, solve the real-world problems using multiplication and division.
- The label on a can of paint says that it will cover 50 square feet per pint. If I buy a \begin{align*}\frac{1}{8}\end{align*} pint sample, it will cover a square two feet long by three feet high. Is the coverage I get more, less or the same as that stated on the label?
- The world’s largest trench digger, "Bagger 288", moves at \begin{align*}\frac{3}{8}\end{align*} mph. How long will it take to dig a trench \begin{align*}\frac{2}{3}\end{align*} mile long?
- A \begin{align*}\frac{2}{7}\end{align*} Newton force applied to a body of unknown mass produces an acceleration of \begin{align*}\frac{3}{10} \ m/s^2\end{align*}. Calculate the mass of the body.
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Here you'll learn how to apply the properties of multiplication and division to solve real-world problems involving rational numbers.