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Lesson 1: Rate problems with fractions

# Rates with fractions

Sal solves an example problem with rates with fractions.

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• What happens if there is a fraction that's like 4 3/4??
• you change the mixed number to a improper fraction 4 3/4=19/4
• What is a reciprocal?
Is it just the reverse of something?
• The reciprocal of a fraction is it flipped. For example, the reciprocal of 1/5 is 5/1 (which is 5.)
The reciprocal of an integer, is 1 divided by the integer. For example, the reciprocal of 5 is 1/5 and the reciprocal of 98 is 1/98
• I'm so confused...why am I dividing
• Since the question is asking "how many bottles will it take to clean the bathroom (or how many fractions of a bottle) " you need to divide the number of bottles per bathroom.
"per" just means divide.
Its like saying "I have 10 pickles and 2 jars. how many pickles will it take to fill each jar?"
simple, divide the number of pickles by the number of jars.
Except in the video, there are no pickles, and no jars. Instead, there are bottles of soap and bathrooms.
• Y-m-c-a
• What if you were to do it flipped around like bathroom/bottles could that sill work?
• No, it would not because ratios are like fractions and if we could switch numerators and denominators, 2/1 would equal 1/2, when 2 is greater than 1/2
• Lets say hypothetically i have a missle on its way to europe and the mass is 1/4 of the weight how big of an impact will it have?
• why was Sal able to divide 1/3 by 3/5 to figure out how much of the bottle it would take to clean one bathroom? I thought he would have to use (1/3) / (3/5) as a beginning proportion, and then multiply both by 5/3 to figure out how many bottle it would take to clean an entire bathroom. Dividing 1/3 by 3/5 seems arbitrary to me.