Subject: Fractions
Name: Whiteny
Who is asking: Student
Level: Middle

How many 3/5 are in 3/4?

Hi Whitney,

If you ask "How many 2's are in 8?" the answer is 4 since 2x4 = 8. Thus another way to ask your question is

3/5 x ?what? = 3/4

Since you expect the answer is a fraction you can rewrite this

But you know how to multiply fractions so if you put a 5 in the numerator of the missing fraction and a 4 in the denominator, then the 5's cancel and you get 3/4. Thus

and hence the number of 3/5's in 3/4 is 5/4.


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