Michelle H.

asked • 04/30/15

How do you solve this word problem?

You and your friend are going to eat some candy. You eat 3/4 of a box of candy. Your friend eats 1/2 as much as you do. How much of a box of candy does your friend eat?
When I divide it and solve it out I end up getting 6/4. Which simplifies into 1 1/2. But. How is that the case? That means the friend ate one and a half boxes of candy. But you only ate 3/4 of a box. When I draw it out I get 3/8 but I don't know how to show that in a division problem. 

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