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3/8 = 9/24 and 1/3 = 8/24

9/24 - 8/24 =

But my book says a totally different thing which confuses me:

3/8 x 1/3 = 1/8.3/8 - 1/8 = 2/8 =

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1/3 of 3, is of course, 1.

So if he sells 1/3 of his shares, he now only owns 2 shares out of every 8, which is 2/8 = 1/4.

When we take a fraction OF something, it means: "multiply".

So 1/3 OF 3/8 means:

MULTIPLY (1/3)*(3/8), from which we get: (1/3)*(3/8) = 1/8 <---how much he sold.

If we want to know how much he has LEFT, then we SUBTRACT, so:

3/8 - 1/8 = ...?

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So what Mr Gates still owns is what's left after 1/8 of the entire block is removed from his 3/8 of the block, so 3/8 - 1/8 = 2/8 = 1/4.

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3/8 - 1/8 = ...?

=2/8

=1/4

Very clear and simple to understand. Thank you!

=2/8

=1/4

Very clear and simple to understand. Thank you!