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Question from Tyler, a student:

If 3/4lbs of nails fills a container 2/3 full, then how many lbs of nails will fill the container?

Hi Tyler,

The container is 2/3 full so it is 1/3 empty. 2/3 of a container of nails weighs 3/4 pounds so what does 1/3 of a container of nails weigh?


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