Checking my daughter's homework



#2

My daughter asked me to go over her homework. Today's lesson covered operations with fractions. After going through the work manually, we took out our calculators to check the work. I do most of my work on my 50G, but chose my 35s since it is so easy to enter/calculate/display fractions.



We looked at the following problem: 1/5 + 3 7/8 (that is one fifth plus three and seven eights).



Our manual solution was 3 3/40.



However, the 35s came out with 3 1/13.



Naturally, this wasn't a good thing with my 10 year old daughter watching. So, we did the same calculation on her Smartcalc 300s. The 300s confirmed our manual result. I then entered the calculation as an equation on my 50g, it came back with the same answer as the 300s.



So, how come the 35s came back with a different solution? I must be making some stupid mistake (it has been a long day!). Or, is this some display setting with fractions on the 35s?



--Tod


#3

Sorry, it has been a long day. The answer(s) are 4 3/40 or 4 1/13.

#4

You've probably (accidentally) set a small maximum denominator via the /c command. Try 100 /c and see what result it gives.

0 /c should reset to maximum.

Remember the 35s doesn't do real fraction like the 48 series.


- Pauli

Edited: 12 May 2009, 7:32 p.m.


#5

Yes, that was the answer. Thanks for the fast response.



--Tod


#6

There are two (easy to overlook) indicators to the right, showing up when the true result is smaller or larger than the fraction shown.

Edited: 13 May 2009, 7:06 a.m.

#7

Your answer should be 4 3/40 On the HP50g one enters 5 1/x then 3 7 8 / + PROPFRAC PROPFRAC

Edited: 14 May 2009, 7:54 p.m.


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