From John: I teach in a Faculty of Education. A colleague in the university asked me about fractions and lowest terms. I am quoting the person below, and would appreciate your insights into the question/thought.
"One I'm struggling with is why (for example) 6/18 is not considered as good an answer to a fraction question as 1/3. The traditional response is that 6/18 is not in lowest terms so the question has not been finished until the fraction is reduced, but what actually makes the lowest terms answer the better one? Is it convention? Is there a way to explain why simplest form answers in fractions are right and and anything else is considered incorrect without alluding to some need for this 'good habit' elsewhere in math or science? Is there a real-life reason?"
Thank you for any insights and if you have nothing to offer to this query, that is fine too. I appreciate your consideration.
John Answered by Robert Dawson.
From Karen: Divide and reduce to lowest terms.
Use the cancellation technique as needed
4 2/3 divided by 12
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