Posted by **Anonymous** on Monday, December 14, 2009 at 3:54pm.

Can someone help me figure out the way to solve this math word problem?

Gerri bought a small bag of peanuts and ate 1/2 of the peanuts on Monday. On Tuesday, she ate 1/2 of the peanuts that were left. On Wednesday, she ate 1/2 of the peanuts that were left from Tuesday. She ate the rest of the peanuts on Thursday. What fraction of the whole bag of peanuts did she eat on Thursday?

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**bobpursley**, Monday, December 14, 2009 at 4:11pm
Tuesday morning she had 1/2 left.

Wednesday morning she had 1/4 left

Thursday morning she had 1/8 left

She ate those.

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**Anonymous**, Monday, December 14, 2009 at 4:25pm
Thank you Mr. Pursley:

Is this how you would break it down.

1/2 + 1/2 = 1 (Monday and Tuesday)

1/2 of 1 = 1/2 (Wednesday)

Now, I am lost. Can you show me the break down of this problem.

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**Ms. Sue**, Monday, December 14, 2009 at 4:44pm
Monday: 1/2

Tuesday: 1/2 * 1/2 = 1/4

Wednesday: 1/2 * 1/4 = 1/8

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