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## MTEL General Curriculum Mathematics Practice

Question 1 |

#### Use the samples of a student€™s work below to answer the question that follows:

\( \large \dfrac{2}{3}\times \dfrac{3}{4}=\dfrac{4\times 2}{3\times 3}=\dfrac{8}{9}\)\( \large \dfrac{2}{5}\times \dfrac{7}{7}=\dfrac{7\times 2}{5\times 7}=\dfrac{2}{5}\)

\( \large \dfrac{7}{6}\times \dfrac{3}{4}=\dfrac{4\times 7}{6\times 3}=\dfrac{28}{18}=\dfrac{14}{9}\)

#### Which of the following best describes the mathematical validity of the algorithm the student is using?

## It is not valid. It never produces the correct answer.Hint: In the middle example,the answer is correct. | |

## It is not valid. It produces the correct answer in a few special cases, but it‘s still not a valid algorithm.Hint: Note that this algorithm gives a/b divided by c/d, not a/b x c/d, but some students confuse multiplication and cross-multiplication. If a=0 or if c/d =1, division and multiplication give the same answer. | |

## It is valid if the rational numbers in the multiplication problem are in lowest terms.Hint: Lowest terms is irrelevant. | |

## It is valid for all rational numbers.Hint: Can't be correct as the first and last examples have the wrong answers. |

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