# Question #bfe0e

Oct 18, 2016

$14$ statues

#### Explanation:

The biggest issue with word problems is trying to decide which operation to do.

Let's write a similar story with easier numbers.
Mary is making up sweet packets. She has 36 sweets left and want to put 4 sweets in each packet. How many packets can she make?

She is sharing out the sweets and using 4 at a time in each packet.
It is a division:

$36 \div 4 = 9$ She can make up 9 packets.

In the same way, Diana has $\frac{7}{8}$ of a tin pf paint. Each statue needs $\frac{1}{16}$ so she will share out the paint she has between the statues.

It is a division.

$\frac{7}{8} \div \frac{1}{16} \text{ } \leftarrow$ change divide to multiply and invert

=$\frac{7}{\cancel{8}} \times {\cancel{16}}^{2} / 1 \text{ } \leftarrow$ cancel

Multiply straight across:

$7 \times 2 = 14$

She can paint $14$ statues.