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# Kurt can buy one pound of nails for \$3.55. How many pounds of nails can Kurt buy for \$12? Round to the nearest hundredth.

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Kurt can buy one pound of nails for \$3.55. How many pounds of nails can Kurt buy for \$12? Round to the nearest hundredth.

Jan 5, 2016

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Write down an equation with the missing element to be the numerator like:

1 pound / \$3.55 = x pounds / \$12

then solve the equation

(1 pound / \$3.55 ) * \$12 = x pounds = 3.38 pounds

This always works for similar situations.

Jan 5, 2016

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Do \$3.55*12=x

solve for x then round.

Or at least that is how I was taught.:)

Jan 5, 2016
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1:3.55::X:12

X=3.38(12/2.55)

ITS RATIO AND PROPORTION

Jan 5, 2016
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Sorry, I read the problem wrong! Now I sound like Nauseated defending myself.:)

Jan 5, 2016
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3.38028169014... I think if my calculations are correct

Jan 5, 2016
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Kurt can buy one pound of nails for \$3.55. How many pounds of nails can Kurt buy for \$12? Round to the nearest hundredth

\$12.00 / \$3.55=3.38 pounds of nails that Kurt can buy.

Jan 5, 2016
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Write down an equation with the missing element to be the numerator like:

1 pound / \$3.55 = x pounds / \$12

then solve the equation

(1 pound / \$3.55 ) * \$12 = x pounds = 3.38 pounds

This always works for similar situations.

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For Coldplay

"Sorry, I read the problem wrong! Now I sound like Nauseated defending myself.:)"

You better hope that Nauseated finds this as funny as I do.  ROF LOL I'm breaking up here   .........

Coldplay is great is s/he not Nauseated. Jan 6, 2016
edited by Melody  Jan 6, 2016
edited by Melody  Jan 6, 2016
edited by Melody  Jan 6, 2016
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Big hint for younger members and guests:

Kurt can buy one pound of nails for \$3.55. How many pounds of nails can Kurt buy for \$12? Round to the nearest hundredth.

Many of you are really confused as to whether you should multiply or divide or perhaps do something else.

The BEST way to  deal with this dilemma is to substitute easy numbers for the hard ones and see what you would do.

SO I might change  this question to

Kurt can buy one pound of nails for \$6   many pounds of nails can Kurt buy for \$12? Round to the nearest hundredth.

Well now the answer is pretty obvious it is 2 ofcourse because 2*6=12

BUT

how can we put 6 and 12 together to get 2.

well 12  ÷ 6 = 2      So it is division!!!

12  ÷ 3.55 will be the answer!

12/3.55 = 3.3802816901408451

So he can buy 3.38 pounds of nails! Jan 6, 2016