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Fractions of two quantities 2016-01-22
From Melody:
Kate ate 1/4 of her orange. Ben ate 2/4 of his banana. Did Kate and Ben eat 3/4 of theit fruit? Explain.
Answered by Penny Nom.
How many oranges? 2012-10-06
From Rodger:

Question from Rodger, a teacher:

How Many Oranges?
Marjorie, Colleen, and Bob picked oranges together. They were tired after picking a large number of oranges and so fell asleep. Marjorie woke first and decided to take her third of the oranges and head home. She counted the oranges, and found that the number was divisible by 3 if she took one of the oranges first. Marjorie took one orange and then took one-third of the remaining oranges. She left quietly.
Bob awoke a short time later, noticed that Colleen was sleeping, and presumed Marjorie had gone for a walk. He decided to head home because he wasn't feeling well. Not realizing that anyone had left, he counted the oranges and found that the number of oranges was two more than a number that could be easily divided by 3. So he took the two extra oranges and then one-third of what was left. He left without waking Colleen and without waiting for Marjorie to return.
Colleen finally awoke and wondered where her friends had gone. She assumed they were both busy somewhere nearby. Before she left, she counted the oranges and was surprised at how small the number was. She found that the number of oranges was one more than a multiple of three, so she took the extra orange and one third of those remaining.

1. What was the total number of oranges the friends picked?
2. How many oranges were left behind when Colleen departed?
3. Is more than one answer possible for the total number of oranges? If so, what other numbers are possible? Explain.
4. Based on the values you found in problem 3, determine a reasonable solution to the problem. Explain your answer.
5. Is it possible that five oranges remained after Colleen took her share? Explain.
6. Could there have been six oranges left after Colleen departed? What about 46 oranges initially? Explain
7. Find a pattern that gives all the possible numbers of oranges that the friends picked. Explain your pattern

5. Is it possible that five oranges remained after Colleen took her “share”? Explain. 6. Could there have been six oranges left after Colleen departed? What about 46 oranges initially? Explain 7. Find a pattern that gives all the possible numbers of oranges that the friends picked. Explain your pattern

Answered by Penny Nom.
A box full of oranges 2010-10-28
From Mary:
A box full of oranges weighs 9 pounds. After a family ate 2/3 of the oranges, the remaining oranges and the box weighed 4 pounds. The weight of the box when empty is how many pounds?
Answered by Penny Nom.
Tonya in the orange grove 2001-04-25
From A parent:
Tonya was helping in the orange grove. She decided to take some oranges home to share with 3 friends. She gave 3 more than half to Jennifer. Angela got half the remainder and 3 more. She gave Josie half the remainder plus three. When she got home, she had only 10 oranges left. How many did she have when she left the grove?
Answered by Penny Nom.
 
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