buns. On Thursday he used 1 3/4 times as many hot dog buns as on

Wednesday. How many bags of hot dog buns did Nate use on Thursday?

Simplify your answer and write it as a proper fraction or as a whole or mixed number.

When you read this, you immediately get this feeling that the answer is

(1 and 3/4) times (5). The only problem is that it’s kind of messy to

try and do the multiplication with (1 and 3/4) in that form, so it’s a lot

easier if you change it to a different form. you don’t change the value

of the number, you just write it differently.

In place of (1 and 3/4), you could use 1.75, or you could use 7/4.

They’re both exactly the same amount as (1 and 3/4), but they look

different, and they’re easier to work with.

Since the problem wants the answer as a fraction or mixed number,

let’s use 7/4 in place of (1 and 3/4).

OK. Five bags were used on Thursday, and (7/4) of that many were used

on Friday.

(7/4) x (5 bags) = **35/4** bags. That’s the improper fraction.

The mixed number is (**8 and 3/4**) bags.