Look at this statement.

3 | + | 4 | = | 7 | = | 1 | 2 |

5 | 5 | 5 | 5 |

3 fifths added to 4 fifths = 7 fifths.

7 fifths is a top-heavy improper fraction.

7 ÷ 5 = 1 remainder 2.

7 fifths can be changed to the mixed number "one and 2 fifths".

**e.g. What are the values of A, B and C in this statement?**

5 | + | 6 | = | A | = | B | 4 |

7 | 7 | 7 | C |

**Answer:**

5 sevenths added to 6 sevenths = 11 sevenths.

11 sevenths is a top-heavy improper fraction.

11 ÷ 7 = 1 remainder 4.

11 sevenths can be changed to the mixed number "one and 4 sevenths".

This gives us:

5 | + | 6 | = | 11 | = | 1 | 4 |

7 | 7 | 7 | 7 |

So...

**A = 11**

**B = 1**

**C = 7**

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