Last night, The Boy and I turned to Facebook to answer a math problem for his homework. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out least common denominator.
The problem in question:
The pet show had 5/6 cats. 4/5 of the cats are Calico. What fraction of the pets are calico?
Damned if I knew.
I can write an essay like nobodies business. With math, anything after basic addition, color me done.
After some banter back and forth, a friend from high school (who teaches math) answered that:
Because hypothetically there are 30 pets there. That would mean that 5/6 of them were cats, which is 25. Then 4/5 would be calico = 20. So….20 out of the 30 pets are calico, so the answer is 2/3. I was just joking about the 4/5
Then she broke it down further:
Ultimately you can multiply 5/6 and 4/5, which will give you 20/30…reduced 2/3!!!Multiples of 6 are 6, 12, 18, 24, 30 and multiples of 5 are 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30. Therefore, 30 is your least common denominator
Anyone who knows of an elementary education math for dummies, please leave a link in the comments.
This week, I’m thinking about:
Religion. Yes, it’s that time where I have my Religion Waffle
New features on my blog. Where am I taking this slice of the internet?
Ten Things to my daughter.
Stasha at The Good Life has saved me many a day. When I feel like I have absolutely NOTHING to say, Stasha prompts us with a ten things list. Each week is different. I don’t always participate*
but thinking about WHAT I would write always gets my juices going. Based on the feedback I continue to receive from this week’s post, I am inspired to write a letter to The Teen. Look for that…soon.
Stay tuned for new features. I’m making a conscious effort to be more uplifting in my post, but a spade is a spade. You will be called out on your foolishness.
Do you believe in God? Why or why not? What strengthen(s) your faith. This is a sensitive subject, so please be mindful that everyone has something to say.
The answers I received were honest, insightful, and best of all personal. No one chewed any out over their belief or way of thinking. No one threatened fisticuffs. It was like an online Studs Terkel** book. If you would like to post in a series I am doing about faith, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Faith Frustration” in the subject line. I look forward to having various insights into the discussion of a higher power.
What’s on YOUR mind this week?
*My Pinterest obsession has extended to my gig. I have THREE boards solely for work stuff!
** Studs Terkel would be the book version to This American Life or This I Believe, both radio segments that are popular on NPR.