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Equivalent Fractions

Directions: Use the digits 1 to 9, at most one time each, to make three equivalent fractions.

Hint

Hint

What must be true about all three fractions?

Answer

Answer

There are many answers. Here are three possibilities:
6/8 = 3/4 = 9/12
2/4 = 3/6 = 9/18
2/8 = 1/4 = 9/36

Source: Owen Kaplinsky

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2 comments

  1. As far as my class could figure out the answers you present are the only three possibilities. We worked on creating organized lists to rule out all other possibilities.

    When you start with the simplified version of the fraction:
    -no numerators or denominators greater than 4 will work because when you multiply them by 2 they become a two digit number and we need two fractions with single digit denominators (i.e. 2/5 x 2= 4/10 two digit numerator – 2/6, x 2 = 4/12 – etc)
    -The only possibilities for most simplified fraction to begin with are 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 2/3, 3/4 – and 1/3 and 2/3 do not work
    – 1/2: use 2/4, 3/6, 9/18
    -1/3 doesn’t work
    -1/4: 1/4, 2/8, 9/36
    -2/3 – doesn’t work
    -3/4: 3/4, 6/8, 9/12

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