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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

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Vivian L. | Microsoft Word/Excel/Outlook, essay composition, math; I LOVE TO TEACHMicrosoft Word/Excel/Outlook, essay comp...
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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