When adding two fractions

Take care, delay your actions.

You must allow the whole

To exercise its role.

(Possibly and unwittingly owing something to Ogden Nash)

When adding two fractions

Take care, delay your actions.

You must allow the whole

To exercise its role.

(Possibly and unwittingly owing something to Ogden Nash)

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When is a whole not a whole? (again)

When it’s two wholes (or more) :-

John eats 1/2 of his pizza, Mary eats 3/4 of her pizza. So between them they ate 1/2 + 3/4 of a pizza, or 5/4 of a pizza.

So which whole are we referring to ? John’s pizza ……. No. Mary’s pizza ……. No. Both pizzas …….. No. John’s pizza and Mary’s pizza and both pizzas …….. No.

Conclusion: What we are referring to as “the same whole” is an abstract unit of one pizza, and the fractions are measurements using this unit. Wouldn’t it be a good idea to start off like this, with fractions as measurements, and avoid years of misunderstanding, stress and confusion.

Is this so different from adding whole(adjective!) numbers , as when adding two numbers they have to be counts of the same thing (or whole(!) before it is chopped up).?

Fun arithmetic: 3 apples + 4 bananas = 7 applanas

Desperately fun arithmetic : 1/2 of my money + 1/2 of your money = 1/2 of our money

Filed under arithmetic, fractions

When is a whole not a whole ?

When it’s a hole.

(which half of the hole shall we fill first, the top half or the bottom half?)

Besides, I thought whole was an adjective.