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

How do I work a problem like this?

5/8 + m = 1

  • 6th grade - , Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 11:51pm

    1-5/8

  • 6th grade - , 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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