# How many bows can you make from #3 2/3# meters of ribbon if #1/4# of a meter of ribbon makes one bow?

##### 1 Answer

**You can make 14 bows.** with some ribbon left over

#### Explanation:

There are two ways that students can TEACH THEMSELVES how to go about solving confusing problems like this.

**Self-teaching Method One**

1) Simplify the problem so that it is obvious

2) Then use the exact same method to solve the hard problem

Here is a

You have ONE yard of fabric

It takes 1/2 a yard to make a bow

How many bows can you make?

You obviously know that you can make

Here is how you automatically solved it in your head:

You thought "One yard divided into half-yard pieces"

This easy problem SELF-TAUGHT you the correct procedure:

**You can make 14 bows.** with some ribbon left over

**Self-Teaching Method Two**

People have good intuition when it comes to money, so re-writing a word problem as a money problem can let you see how to solve it.

This re-write is exactly the same as

"You have 3 2/3 yards. How many times can you use 1/4 yard?"

Probably you solved the money problem by thinking:

"I can get four quarters out of each of the three dollars.

Then I can get two more quarters out of the 66ȼ.

So I can make 4 bows from each of the 3 yards, and two more bows from the 2/3 of a yard

That comes to (4)(3) + 2

**You can make 14 bows**, with some ribbon left over