Tuesday, February 23, 2016

[Pri20160223FPDM] Pernicious Portion Problem? Shift Happens!

Problem / Question

     This seems to be a confounding question on decimals.  What shall we do with the triangles?  Is there a short cut?

     Yes!  What you can do is to imagine putting the two triangles together to form a rectangle.  And then the solution becomes easy!  This is because the area is unchanged and hence the proportion of the shaded area is unchanged, is the same as before.  We can make use of fractions and convert it to a decimal.


H02. Use a diagram / model
H04. Look for pattern(s)
H09. Restate the problem in another way
H10. Simplify the problem

Suitable Levels
Primary School Mathematics
* other syllabuses that involve fractions and decimals
* any learner who is interested

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