Posted by Mary on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 11:44pm.
How do I work a problem like this?
5/8 + m = 1

6th grade  Courtney, Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 11:51pm
15/8

6th grade  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 = (85)/8 = ?
now, solve for m. :)