Mr. Chen packed watermelons to ship to the store. He packed 96 watermelons into 12 crates. How many watermelons did Mr. Chen pack in per crate? Justify your answer

Hi Elizabeth;

x=quantity of watermelons in one crate.

(96 watermelons)/(12 crates)=(x)/(1 crate)

The unit of crates is in the denominators of both sides of the equation. It cancels...

(96 watermelons)/(12 crates)=(x)/(1 crate)

(96 watermelons)/12=x/1

The only unit remaining is watermelons. This is what we want.

Let's cross-multiply...

(1)(96 watermelons)=(12)(x)

96 watermelons=12x

Let's divide both sides by 12...

(96 watermelons)/12=(12x)/12

**8 watermelons=x**

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