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Which number is the tenth part of a quarter of the fifth part of half 12,000 ?

Asked by unodos (132points) July 6th, 2009

im confused with the use of the preposition ‘of’ here.

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Saturated_Brain's avatar

Basically, the the question is asking you to multiply over and over and over again. The ‘of’ just means that you’ll have to continue multiplying the next number which appears with the value that was given before.

I’m not going to do the working for you. That’s your job. Happy maths-doing!

I hate maths

ubersiren's avatar

Go backwards. Half of 12,000, divided into fifths, etc.

Why do I keep getting math questions?!!? Gah!!!

SecondGlance's avatar

One million dollars. No wait… um…

xBRIANx's avatar

Start with 12,000 and divide backwards: 12,000 divided by 2 divided by 5 divided by 4 divided by 10… answer = 30.

LostInParadise's avatar

Tenth part of just means one tenth and fifth part of means one fifth. The wording is a bit confusing because it alternates using “part of” and not using it.

gailcalled's avatar

@xBRIANx: We try hard not to do people’s homework here but just show them the way. Welcome, in any case.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

which is ALWAYS the answer I give when people try to get us to do their damn math homework. No one could want to know such a convoluted thing just for shits and giggles

unodos's avatar

its not a homework. and thank you for those who believed in me and gave me benifit of the doubt. just trying to learn.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

@uberbatman POPPYCOCK? is that some sort of scientific term for a flora-based phallus?

Jeruba's avatar

@LostInParadise, I don’t think it’s really alternating by design. “Quarter” just means “fourth part of,” and “half” (with the missing “of” supplied) is “second part of,” which we would probably never say. If this really is about understanding the English and not the math, that’s probably part of the exercise. (English or math, it still looks like homework to me.)

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xBRIANx's avatar

@gailcalled I didn’t realize that Fluther had these rules. I guess they should change their slogan to, “tap the collective… well, sort of.”

gailcalled's avatar

@xBRIANx: I said, “We try hard not to…” It has evolved into a moral issue that the present collective seems to buy into. There may be a few exceptions.

ratboy's avatar

x the unknown.

LostInParadise's avatar

@Jeruba , When was the last time you heard anybody say “tenth part of”? I think part of the reason for alternating constructions was to provide a hint at what this archaic terminology means. And I think this is much more of a language exercise than a math one.

It sure looks like a homework problem to me, too.

While I find it wrong to do someone’s homework, I find nothing wrong with helping with interpretation, explaining concepts or even solving a similar type of problem.

unodos's avatar

@uberbatman im not sure what poppycock means. but if it meant im not telling the truth. then you’re dead wrong. if you check my previous questions, you’ll see im trying to prepare to get a job. and im not best in english. the question is a sample of a question when you take an entrance exam for a company. So no one has given me this question as a homework. I keep on thinking why would you say such a thing, maybe because you had an experience of people doing your homework for you doesn’t mean that I’m the same. You should really think of other possibilities first before you judge people.

gailcalled's avatar

@unodos:If you had told us initially that English is not your native language, we would have all responded differently.

unodos's avatar

@gailcalled ‘we’? i hope you can really speak for everyone that they would have responded differently..

gailcalled's avatar

I have seen a pattern here over the last three years. Non-native speakers are usually treated much more tenderly when they are not completely clear. I can speak for many. Or just consider it the “royal we.”

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

@unodos if @gailcalled wants to say ‘we’ she can, as far as I am concerned. She can speak for many in the collective because we have been through a lot here on Fluther with gailcalled alongside of us. And yes, explaining that English isn’t your first language will get you more help in the long run; we have a soft spot in our hearts or is it our heads for people that aren’t 100% fluent in Engrish, er, English. :-)

if you come here with a chip on your shoulder; not saying you do, but saying if you do, you aren’t going to get much sympathy.

unodos's avatar

@evelyns_pet_zebra actually @gailcalled and I already understood each other after her last statement.

as far as im concerned im not the one who had a chip on their shoulder. It wasn’t me who assumed first. and im not trying to get sympathy just telling what has transpired.

enough said, im thankful who taught me what ‘of’ means in this sentence.. and will always start a question that says english is not my native language.

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