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Can you explain this: For my math problem 23 4/7 divided 4 it says to estimate. What do I do?

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  1. Round up.
    24/4 = ?

  2. Is that 24 divided by 4 when you made 23 4/7(mixed fraction) an improper fraction or is 24 just a whole number?

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    posted by Sam
  3. When you estimate a problem with fractions or decimals, it's easiest to round to the nearest whole number.

  4. So when I do that I would have 24 4/7 divided by 4?

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    posted by Sam
  5. No. I gave you the answer above.

  6. Actually, rounding to the nearest whole number is incorrect.

    For example, 24 4/7 rounds up to 25, not the best number to divide by 4 to get your estimate. What you need to do is to find the nearest number (up or down) that is compatible with 4. So in this case, 24 4/7 would become 24, as 24 is compatible with 4. 24/4=6

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