Eugenia

11-01-2008, 02:57 AM

Hello. I'm new to this site but already I can tell I'm going to be very grateful to some of you. I'm having some difficulty with this problem. I also try to respect board rules, so I want it known that I'm not positive this is the correct forum; what I'm doing is Algebra II but I'm sure that my difficulty lies in something I should have learned in a lesser level.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v62/superpenguin52/MathProblem.png

This is the problem that caused me grief. It actually gave the answer at the bottom, but I accidentally deleted that part. It's not necessary anyway, as I could solve it once I understand this.

I was able to do everything this page says; incidently it cuts off just where I had my difficulty (I understand everything else). That is, when I multiply 5 by 3/17, I get a very long decimal number (0.88235294). As you see, I'm supposed to turn this into a simplified fraction... and I have no idea how. I suppose that I can, by turning it into 88235294/100000000, convert it to a fraction, but that's certainly not simplified, and I'm wary to progress from there with as little as I know.

Could someone please tell me what to do now? Calculators are allowed in this problem.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v62/superpenguin52/MathProblem.png

This is the problem that caused me grief. It actually gave the answer at the bottom, but I accidentally deleted that part. It's not necessary anyway, as I could solve it once I understand this.

I was able to do everything this page says; incidently it cuts off just where I had my difficulty (I understand everything else). That is, when I multiply 5 by 3/17, I get a very long decimal number (0.88235294). As you see, I'm supposed to turn this into a simplified fraction... and I have no idea how. I suppose that I can, by turning it into 88235294/100000000, convert it to a fraction, but that's certainly not simplified, and I'm wary to progress from there with as little as I know.

Could someone please tell me what to do now? Calculators are allowed in this problem.