4kids4me Posted June 1, 2009 Share Posted June 1, 2009 Lynette paid $350 for a videocassette recorder during a sale. This amount was 3/5 of the original price. What was the original price? a) What was 1/6 of the original price? b) What was 6/6 of the original price? c) What was the original price? For some reason, even though I've taught the concept of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions, once it's put into a worded question like this, I'm totally confused as to how to figure it out! Help! ;) Thanks. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

GraceinMD Posted June 1, 2009 Share Posted June 1, 2009 Lynette paid $350 for a videocassette recorder during a sale. This amount was 3/5 of the original price. What was the original price? a) What was 1/6 of the original price? b) What was 6/6 of the original price? c) What was the original price? For some reason, even though I've taught the concept of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions, once it's put into a worded question like this, I'm totally confused as to how to figure it out! Help! ;) Thanks. Let x = original price. $350 = 3/5 x 350 /3/5 = 3/5 x/3/5 350(5)/3 = x x = 583 1/3 So now that you know x, you can figure the other questions. HTH. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

Pamela H in Texas Posted June 1, 2009 Share Posted June 1, 2009 I would just: 3/5 = 350/x then cross multiply Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

OhM Posted June 1, 2009 Share Posted June 1, 2009 Or if you want to reason it out, you can just think - if 350 is 3/5 of the original price, then if I break it into 3 parts (350/3, or 116 2/3), each part is 1/5 of the original price. So the original price is 5 times that (116 2/3 * 5, or 583 1/3). Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

nutmeg Posted June 1, 2009 Share Posted June 1, 2009 Let x = original price.$350 = 3/5 x 350 /3/5 = 3/5 x/3/5 350(5)/3 = x x = 583 1/3 So now that you know x, you can figure the other questions. HTH. :iagree: To restate the problem: $350 is 3/5 of the orginal price. $350 = 3/5 x OP Solve to find the OP. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

4kids4me Posted June 1, 2009 Author Share Posted June 1, 2009 Thanks for all the help...now I can teach my math lesson! ;) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

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