26 August, 16:39

# On Monday, Jackie bought 5 1/2 kg of bird seed. She used 2 2/3 on her blue jays and 1/4 for her wrens. How many kilograms of birdseed did Jackie have left? Write One or more equations to show how you reached your answer.

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1. 26 August, 18:39
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4 18/12 - (2 8/12 + 3/12) = 2 7/12

Step-by-step explanation:

First you want to know that you want to subtract the bird seed Jackie got (2 2/3 and 1/4) by the total Jackie bought (5 1/2).

Now set up the equation as 5 1/2 - (2 2/3 + 1/4). Now you need to realize that the fractions are not the same and need to be changed to similar denominators. 2 can be changed to any even denominator so it matters less to what we change it to, so let's focus on the bird seed Jackie used and convert it. 2/3 and 1/4 can be changed into 12's so multiply on the numerator and denominator to get these values. 2/3 would then become 8/12 and 1/4 would become 3/12. 1/2 would then also become 6/12.

Now that we have changed the fractions you want to change the expression to 5 6/12 - (2 8/12 + 3/12). Now add the values in the parentheses to get 5 6/12 - (2 11/12). Now to make this easier add more 12's to 5 6/12 by putting it to 4 18/12. the new equation will be 4 18/12 - 2 11/12, finally subtract from from the same types of numbers: 4-2 = 2 18/12-11/12 = 7/12. The answer would be 2 7/12.