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2-119.

Copy each expression and then simplify it without using a calculator. Be sure to show all steps.  

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Compute without a calculator

This sum can be represented with a diagram: Diagram expression with 2 equal sized rectangles: Left Rectangle + Right Rectangle. Left rectangle, 4 rows of 2 columns, with 5 shaded. Right Rectangle, 4 rows of 4 columns, with 9 shaded.

Find a common denominator to add the two fractions. Changes: additional columns added to left rectangle, to make it 4 rows of 4 columns, with 10 shaded.

Changes: After right rectangle, an equal sign and the fraction 19 sixteenths.

Diagram expression with 2 equal sized rectangles: Left Rectangle + Right Rectangle. Left rectangle, 4 rows of 2 columns, with 5 shaded. Right Rectangle, 4 rows of 4 columns, with 9 shaded.

Changes: additional columns added to left rectangle, to make it 4 rows of 4 columns, with 10 shaded.

Changes: After right rectangle, an equal sign and the fraction 19 sixteenths.

See part (a) for strategy.

Draw squares on your paper like this: 8 square tiles. 

8 square tiles.

Cross off . What is left?