## anonymous 5 years ago We need help with a word problem. John's computer is 1/3 full. 1/2 of that is filled with pictures. How much is filled with pictures?

1. anonymous

multiply the fractions.

2. anonymous

but why would you multiply? It seems like you would be dividing.

3. anonymous

I think the answer to my question is 1/6, but my wife and daughter think it is 2/3. Logically it should be 1/6 I think, but I think it is a division problem, but that doesn't make sense to me

4. anonymous

If you want two of something, you multiply two by that value: $1oz \times 2 gives=2oz$ If you look it that way, you want to find out how many "1/3rds" of Johns computer you'll get if you want 1/2 of it. So you multiply to get 1/6. Your answer is correct...but you didn't divide the fractions you multiplied them. Or you could look at it as you divided the 1/3rd of johns computer by 2.