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**rubbish@maths****Member**- Registered: 2005-06-22
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I have been relying on a calculator to figure out even the most simple of equations for far too long.... The problem i have is:

If a number of season ticket holders has fallen by 1/8 to 10,500, how many season ticket holders have been lost?

I know that the answer is 1,500, but I don't know (or can't remember) how on earth to figure it out!?

Help?

Thanks

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**justlookingforthemoment****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-05-26
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Think of 10,500 as 7/8, because 1/8 (the amount fallen) + 7/8 is a whole.

So to find out 1/8 = 10,500 ticket holders / 7 = 1500 ticket holders lost.

That didn't really explain it very well, but hope it helps.

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**rubbish@maths****Member**- Registered: 2005-06-22
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Thank you... I knew it'd be simple! I'm struggling with another mind numbingly simple sum now... If you had a garden with two plots that was 12m by 12m with a path running straight through the middle of it 2m across what area of turf would be needed to cover the plots?

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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I assume the WHOLE garden is 12m x 12m and the garden path divides it into two plots.

So, the whole area is 12x12=144

And the path is 12m long and 2m wide, so its area is 12x2=24

The area of grass is just the area of the garden minus the area of path, ie 144-24=120 square meters

(But I would order about 130 square meters, as you may lose some turf when cutting it to fit LOL)

"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..." - Leon M. Lederman

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