Give a fraction equivalent to 4/5 whose numerator and denominator has a sum of 15

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by aj121202

2014-11-03T21:19:29+08:00
Let 'x' be the numerator
'y' be the denominator

cross multiplying you'll have
4y = 5x
y = 5/4 x   ------equation 1
since the numerator and denominator combined is 15 then the equation will be
x + y =15   ----equation 2
substitute equation 1 to equation 2
x + y = 15
x + 5/4 x = 15
4x + 5x = 15(4)
9x = 60
x = 20/3 ---numerator
substitute x=20/3 to equation 1
y = 5/4 x
y = 5/4 (20/3)
y = 100/12
y = 25/3  ---denominator
note that there will be no whole number( x and y) that could satisfy the problem. the numerator would be 20/3 and the denominator would be 25/3.. you won't be reducing that one since if you do, x+y=15 won't be satisfied