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December 22nd, 2015, 06:07 AM   #1
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fraction addition or product?

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I always knew that $\displaystyle a\frac{2}{3}$ was $\displaystyle a * \frac{2}{3} $ but on the SAT they say it's the same thing as $\displaystyle a +\frac{2}{3}$

What's right, what's wrong?

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They must be referring to a mixed fraction, because otherwise you're right and they're wrong.

Unless a is equal to -2.

Then you're both right

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If I talk about $2\frac12$ apples, I am referring to more than two fruit.

But almost exclusively in mathematics we'd write $2\frac12 = 2\cdot\frac12 = 2 \times \frac12 = 1$. "Two and a half" is expressed as $\frac52$.
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Hi all !
I always knew that $\displaystyle a\frac{2}{3}$ was $\displaystyle a * \frac{2}{3} $ but on the SAT they say it's the same thing as $\displaystyle a +\frac{2}{3}$

What's right, what's wrong?
A variable written to the immediate left of a constant typically does not
indicate multiplication.

Example:

a7 does not mean the variable a multiplied by 7.


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But 7a does.

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If you are going to make that point, you should also point out that it doesn't mean addition either.

$a7$ doesn't have any special meaning, so the context would rule. In the absence of any other meaning, it probably does mean multiplication, but since it is nonstandard notation, it's best avoided.
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If you are going to make that point, you should also point out that it doesn't mean addition either.

No, I should not. I would have no reason to.

$a7$ doesn't have any special meaning,

It doesn't have a meaning.

so the context would rule. In the absence of any other meaning, it probably does mean multiplication,
but since it is nonstandard notation, it's best avoided.
It doesn't mean multiplication. regardless if there was an intent to mean
multiplication.
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If you were trying to help the OP, you'd have a reason to.
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If you were trying to help the OP, you'd have a reason to.
If you were not trying to dodge what I just stated, you would not have posted the above.
But you dodged it with that. Don't bother changing the subject in response to something
I state and reveal how you can't stay with an argument.
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I don't understand. I have never seen a pronumeral adjacent to a fraction on either side with the interpretation to add it. I can't see how it would be implied, or would be considered implied, unless it was a symbolic puzzle about a mixed fraction where the pronumeral is an integer or something.
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