# MODELING FRACTION DIVISION

Modeling Fraction Division :

For some real-world problems, we may need to divide a fraction by a fraction.Sometimes, we may need to divide a fraction by a whole number.

Let us see how fraction division can be modeled through some examples.

## Modeling Fraction Division - Examples

Example 1 :

David has 3/4 cup of salsa for making burritos. Each burrito requires 1/8 cup of salsa. How many burritos can David make ?

Solution :

To find the number of burritos that can be made, you need to determine how many 1/8 -cup servings are in 3/4 cup.

In the diagram given below, 3/4 of a whole is divided into quarters and into eighths.

In the whole cup, there are eight 1/8 cups.

But, David has 3/4 cup of salsa.

So, we have to count the number of 1/8 cups in 3/4 cup in the above diagram.

And there are six 1/8 cups in 3/4 cup of salsa.

Hence, David can make 6 burritos from 3/4 cup of salsa.

Example 2 :

Five people share 1/2 pound of cheese equally. How much cheese does each person receive?

Solution :

To find how much cheese each person receives, you can divide 1/2 pound into 5 equal parts. Use the diagram to determine what fraction of a whole pound each person receives.

In the diagram given below, 1/2 of a whole is divided into halves and into tenths.

In one pound of cheese, there are ten 1/10s.

But, there is 1/2 pound of cheese.

So, we have to count the number of 1/10s in 1/2 pound of cheese.

And there are five 1/10s in 1/2 pound of cheese.

Hence, Each person will receive 1/10 pound of cheese.

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