Posted by **Mary** on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 11:44pm.

How do I work a problem like this?

5/8 + m = 1

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**Courtney**, Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 11:51pm
1-5/8

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**jai**, Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 11:52pm
to get variable 'm' alone, transpose all terms not containing m to the right side of equation,, but remember to reverse the sign:

5/8 + m = 1

m = 1 - 5/8

*note that the sign of 5/8 becomes negative*

then to subtract fractions, you need to convert 1 to a fraction such that its denominator is equal to 8:

1 = 8/8

now,

m = 8/8 - 5/8

m = (8-5)/8 = ?

now, solve for m. :)

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