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December 22nd, 2015, 06:07 AM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Dec 2015 From: Greece Posts: 2 Thanks: 0  fraction addition or product?
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? Last edited by skipjack; December 22nd, 2015 at 09:19 AM. 
December 22nd, 2015, 06:12 AM  #2 
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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 Last edited by Relentless; December 22nd, 2015 at 06:17 AM. 
December 22nd, 2015, 06:17 AM  #3 
Math Team Joined: Dec 2013 From: Colombia Posts: 7,341 Thanks: 2463 Math Focus: Mainly analysis and algebra 
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 $\frac52$. 
December 22nd, 2015, 06:50 AM  #4 
Newbie Joined: Dec 2015 From: Greece Posts: 2 Thanks: 0 
Alright, thanks

December 22nd, 2015, 02:18 PM  #5  
Banned Camp Joined: Jun 2014 From: Earth Posts: 945 Thanks: 191  Quote:
indicate multiplication. Example: a7 does not mean the variable a multiplied by 7. . But 7a does. Last edited by Math Message Board tutor; December 22nd, 2015 at 02:26 PM.  
December 22nd, 2015, 02:28 PM  #6 
Math Team Joined: Dec 2013 From: Colombia Posts: 7,341 Thanks: 2463 Math Focus: Mainly analysis and algebra 
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. 
December 22nd, 2015, 05:32 PM  #7  
Banned Camp Joined: Jun 2014 From: Earth Posts: 945 Thanks: 191  Quote:
multiplication.  
December 22nd, 2015, 06:01 PM  #8 
Math Team Joined: Dec 2013 From: Colombia Posts: 7,341 Thanks: 2463 Math Focus: Mainly analysis and algebra 
If you were trying to help the OP, you'd have a reason to.

December 22nd, 2015, 06:32 PM  #9 
Banned Camp Joined: Jun 2014 From: Earth Posts: 945 Thanks: 191  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. 
December 22nd, 2015, 06:48 PM  #10 
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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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