MATH
posted by ICE .
A PIECE OF METAL3/7/8 INCHES LONG IS TO BE CUT FROM A LONG PIECE OF 5/1/16 INCHES. WHAT WILL BE THE LENGTH OF THE REMAINING PIECE?

The question is
"subtract 3 7/8 from 5 1/16"
Since 1/16 is less than 7/8=14/16, we need to borrow, so we will do
4 17/16"  3 14/16"
=(43) (1714)/16
= 1 3/16"