# A set of measuring cups has measures of 1 cup, 3/4 cup, 1/2 cup, 1/3 cup, and 1/4 cup. How could you measure 1/6 cup of milk by using these measuring cups?

Oct 14, 2016

Measure $\frac{1}{2} \text{ cup}$ and pour $\frac{1}{3} \text{ cup}$ into that cup. $\frac{1}{6} \text{ cup}$ will be left in the first cup.

#### Explanation:

First lets put all the measurements of the cups that we can into 6ths.
$1 \text{ cup" = 6/6" cups}$

$\frac{1}{2} \text{ cup"= 3/6 " cup}$

$\frac{1}{3} \text{ cup"=2/6 " cup}$

$\frac{3}{4} \text{ cup}$ and $\frac{1}{4} \text{ cup}$ don't translate into 6ths so we'll ignore them.

Now looking at the above numbers we can see that $\frac{3}{6} - \frac{2}{6} = \frac{1}{6}$ so what we have to do is measure out $\frac{1}{2} \text{ cup}$ and pour from that into the $\frac{1}{3} \text{ cup}$. We will have $\frac{1}{6} \text{ cup}$ left in the $\frac{1}{2} \text{ cup}$ cup.