Gap & Difference: If Cody gave Paul 7 magnets, he would have 3/4 as many as Paul. If Cody...

GWlele

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1.8 Gap and Difference

5. Cody and Paul had some button magnets. If Cody gave Paul 7 button magnets, he would have 3/4 as many button magnets as Paul. If Cody gave Paul 27 button magnets, he would have 1/3 as many button magnets as Paul. How many button magnets did Code have?




How to do this with drawing diagrams.
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Jomo

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Hi,
What have you tried? Can you please show us where you are stuck? Thanks.
 

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I don’t know how to do it
 

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Answer given is 55 but I don’t know how to get it
 

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How to do this with drawing diagrams.
Primary 5 math
One reason we want to see some work (besides the fact that it is requested in our submission guidelines) is that seeing even a poor attempt can give us a much better idea of what you have been learning, and what method you should be able to understand. You might even send us a picture of an example your were given showing what sort of diagrams are expected.

The kind of diagram I think of uses a strip to represent each quantity. We might draw a pair of strips, one 3/4 as long as the other to represent the amounts after the first trade, and then mark them up to show each person's original amount, something like this:

Code:
+-------+-------+-------+....
| Cody                  | 7 :
+-------+-------+-------+....
+-------+-------+-------+-------+
| Paul                      : 7 |
+-------+-------+-------+-------+
If that looks anything like what you are learning to do, please add a picture of the second fact, and see what you can do with it. If not, show me a picture of some other idea (maybe a picture of something hand-drawn, rather than done as I did this one).
 

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I want to add two things. First, I searched for the phrase "gap and difference" and found some explanations of a method like what I suggested; some are as complex as this particular problem, though many are simpler. I'm not sure I could figure out what you are expected to do without having seen someone do it.

Second, algebra is a lot easier!
 

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I understand now. Thank you!
 
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