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Which of the following fractions is closest to $$\frac{1}{2}$$?

A) $$\frac{4}{7}$$

B) $$\frac{5}{9}$$

C) $$\frac{6}{11}$$

D) $$\frac{7}{13}$$

E) $$\frac{9}{16}$$

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AbdurRakib wrote:
Which of the following fractions is closest to $$\frac{1}{2}$$?
A) $$\frac{4}{7}$$
B) $$\frac{5}{9}$$
C) $$\frac{6}{11}$$
D) $$\frac{7}{13}$$
E) $$\frac{9}{16}$$

To determine which answer choice is closest to 1/2, we can subtract 1/2 from each answer choice. The difference that is closest to zero will indicate the fraction that is closest to 1/2.

A) 4/7

4/7 - 1/2 = 8/14 - 7/14 = 1/14

B) 5/9

5/9 - 1/2 = 10/18 - 9/18 = 1/18

C) 6/11

6/11 - 1/2 = 12/22 - 11/22 = 1/22

D) 7/13

7/13 - 1/2 = 14/26 - 13/26 = 1/26

E) 9/16

9/16 - 1/2 = 9/16 - 8/16 = 1/16

Since 1/26 is closest to zero, 7/13 is closest to 1/2.

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AbdurRakib wrote:
Which of the following fractions is closest to $$\frac{1}{2}$$?
A) $$\frac{4}{7}$$
B) $$\frac{5}{9}$$
C) $$\frac{6}{11}$$
D) $$\frac{7}{13}$$
E) $$\frac{9}{16}$$

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Hi,

Do not waste time in calculating..
look at the similarity in all choices- they all EXCEPT E are of type $$\frac{x}{2x-1}$$...
and $$\frac{x}{2x-1}$$ for an integer x is always >1/2 and will become lesser in value , that is will keep getting closer to 1/2 with higher VALUE of x..

you can check in two ways-
1) for x as 1 or 2 or 3..
x=1, $$\frac{x}{2x-1}$$ = 1..
x=2, $$\frac{x}{2x-1}$$ = 2/3..
x=3, $$\frac{x}{2x-1}$$ = 3/5..
so each successive value is smaller than previous one..

2) simplify the term..- IMPORTANT
$$\frac{x}{2x-1}$$=$$\frac{1}{(2x-1)/x}$$ = $$\frac{1}{(2x/x-1/x)}$$ = $$\frac{1}{(2-1/x)}$$
so the denominator should be closer to 2 so $$2-\frac{1}{x}$$ should be close to 2, and therefore x should be MAX to make $$\frac{1}{x}$$ less

Therefore, here 7 is the highest value in the four choices so D is the closest to 1/2.

lets see E... It is the TYPE $$\frac{x}{2(x-1)}$$... clearly since 7 and 9 are close to each other but denominator in E is reduced by a larger number,
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i have 1 very nice way to solve
multiply all by 2 and write in form of 1+ something

like 4/7 x 2 = 8/7 = 1+1/7
now consider only latter part like 1/7

now for all when u do same you will get

1+1/7
1+1/9
1+1/11
1+1/13
1+2/16 = 1+1/8

now here 13 is max so we have selected it

if the number had been 1/2 exact then multiplying by 2 would have yielded 1 exactly and writing in same form 1+0

now see 0 part for the number whose denominator is max will be closer to zero

hence we have selected 13.

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AbdurRakib wrote:
Which of the following fractions is closest to $$\frac{1}{2}$$?
A) $$\frac{4}{7}$$
B) $$\frac{5}{9}$$
C) $$\frac{6}{11}$$
D) $$\frac{7}{13}$$
E) $$\frac{9}{16}$$

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$$\frac{1}{2}$$ = 50%

Now, Check the options...

A) $$\frac{4}{7}$$ = 57.14 %
B) $$\frac{5}{9}$$ = 55.56 %
C) $$\frac{6}{11}$$ = 54.54 %
D) $$\frac{7}{13}$$ = 53.85 %
E) $$\frac{9}{16}$$ = 56.25 %

Since the closest answer is (D) , that will be our answer...

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0.5/7, 0.5/9, 0.5/11, 0.5/13, 0.5/8 .. are the differences.
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chetan2u wrote:
AbdurRakib wrote:
Which of the following fractions is closest to $$\frac{1}{2}$$?
A) $$\frac{4}{7}$$
B) $$\frac{5}{9}$$
C) $$\frac{6}{11}$$
D) $$\frac{7}{13}$$
E) $$\frac{9}{16}$$

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Hi,

Do not waste time in calculating..
look at the similarity in all choices- they all EXCEPT E are of type $$\frac{x}{2x-1}$$...
and $$\frac{x}{2x-1}$$ for an integer x is always >1/2 and will become lesser in value , that is will keep getting closer to 1/2 with higher VALUE of x..

you can check in two ways-
1) for x as 1 or 2 or 3..
x=1, $$\frac{x}{2x-1}$$ = 1..
x=2, $$\frac{x}{2x-1}$$ = 2/3..
x=3, $$\frac{x}{2x-1}$$ = 3/5..
so each successive value is smaller than previous one..

2) simplify the term..- IMPORTANT
$$\frac{x}{2x-1}$$=$$\frac{1}{(2x-1)/x}$$ = $$\frac{1}{(2x/x-1/x)}$$ = $$\frac{1}{(2-1/x)}$$
so the denominator should be closer to 2 so $$2-\frac{1}{x}$$ should be close to 2, and therefore x should be MAX to make $$\frac{1}{x}$$ less

Therefore, here 7 is the highest value in the four choices so D is the closest to 1/2.

lets see E... It is the TYPE $$\frac{x}{2(x-1)}$$... clearly since 7 and 9 are close to each other but denominator in E is reduced by a larger number,

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I approached it in this way:
1/2, each of the answer choices is 1/2 + something, so: 0,5/7, 0,5/9, 0,5/11, 0,5/13, 1/16=0,5/8, the smallest is 0,5/13
Hence D
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AbdurRakib wrote:
Which of the following fractions is closest to $$\frac{1}{2}$$?

A) $$\frac{4}{7}$$

B) $$\frac{5}{9}$$

C) $$\frac{6}{11}$$

D) $$\frac{7}{13}$$

E) $$\frac{9}{16}$$

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A) 4/7
3.5/7 = 1/2. So, 4/7 is 0.5/7 away from 1/2
Since 0.5/7 = 1/14, we can say that 4/7 is 1/14 away from 1/2

B) 5/9
4.5/9 = 1/2. So, 5/9 is 0.5/9 away from 1/2
Since 0.5/9 = 1/18, we can say that 5/9 is 1/18 away from 1/2

C) 6/11
Using the same logic, we can say that 6/11 is 1/22 away from 1/2

D) 7/13
Likewise, 7/13 is 1/26 away from 1/2

E) 9/16
And 9/16 is 1/16 away from 1/2

Of the BLUE fractions, 1/26 is the SMALLEST
So, the correct answer is D

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RichaChampion wrote:
chetan2u wrote:
AbdurRakib wrote:
Which of the following fractions is closest to $$\frac{1}{2}$$?
A) $$\frac{4}{7}$$
B) $$\frac{5}{9}$$
C) $$\frac{6}{11}$$
D) $$\frac{7}{13}$$
E) $$\frac{9}{16}$$

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Hi,

Do not waste time in calculating..
look at the similarity in all choices- they all EXCEPT E are of type $$\frac{x}{2x-1}$$...
and $$\frac{x}{2x-1}$$ for an integer x is always >1/2 and will become lesser in value , that is will keep getting closer to 1/2 with higher VALUE of x..

you can check in two ways-
1) for x as 1 or 2 or 3..
x=1, $$\frac{x}{2x-1}$$ = 1..
x=2, $$\frac{x}{2x-1}$$ = 2/3..
x=3, $$\frac{x}{2x-1}$$ = 3/5..
so each successive value is smaller than previous one..

2) simplify the term..- IMPORTANT
$$\frac{x}{2x-1}$$=$$\frac{1}{(2x-1)/x}$$ = $$\frac{1}{(2x/x-1/x)}$$ = $$\frac{1}{(2-1/x)}$$
so the denominator should be closer to 2 so $$2-\frac{1}{x}$$ should be close to 2, and therefore x should be MAX to make $$\frac{1}{x}$$ less

Therefore, here 7 is the highest value in the four choices so D is the closest to 1/2.

lets see E... It is the TYPE $$\frac{x}{2(x-1)}$$... clearly since 7 and 9 are close to each other but denominator in E is reduced by a larger number,

Fantastic Explanation. I wish I could give you 2 Kudos.

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AbdurRakib wrote:
Which of the following fractions is closest to $$\frac{1}{2}$$?
A) $$\frac{4}{7}$$
B) $$\frac{5}{9}$$
C) $$\frac{6}{11}$$
D) $$\frac{7}{13}$$
E) $$\frac{9}{16}$$

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Hi,

Do not waste time in calculating..
look at the similarity in all choices- they all EXCEPT E are of type $$\frac{x}{2x-1}$$...
and $$\frac{x}{2x-1}$$ for an integer x is always >1/2 and will become lesser in value , that is will keep getting closer to 1/2 with higher VALUE of x..

you can check in two ways-
1) for x as 1 or 2 or 3..
x=1, $$\frac{x}{2x-1}$$ = 1..
x=2, $$\frac{x}{2x-1}$$ = 2/3..
x=3, $$\frac{x}{2x-1}$$ = 3/5..
so each successive value is smaller than previous one..

2) simplify the term..- IMPORTANT
$$\frac{x}{2x-1}$$=$$\frac{1}{(2x-1)/x}$$ = $$\frac{1}{(2x/x-1/x)}$$ = $$\frac{1}{(2-1/x)}$$
so the denominator should be closer to 2 so $$2-\frac{1}{x}$$ should be close to 2, and therefore x should be MAX to make $$\frac{1}{x}$$ less

Therefore, here 7 is the highest value in the four choices so D is the closest to 1/2.

lets see E... It is the TYPE $$\frac{x}{2(x-1)}$$... clearly since 7 and 9 are close to each other but denominator in E is reduced by a larger number,

Fantastic Explanation. I wish I could give you 2 Kudos.
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I simply thought of fractions as pieces of pie.
I want 1/2 of pie. What is the closest to that? I estimate that most of the fractions are close to 1/2.
If I divide pie in 7 parts and take 4 I will get less then if I divide pie in 13 parts and take 7. So I picked D.
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There are 4 ways to solve the problem (Which is also basically a summary to above explanations):
1. Calculate the decimal and find the answer: This should be used when the numbers are small or calculation is easy.
2. Subtract the number (1/2 in this case) one by one with all the options to find the distance between those numbers, the smallest value would mean the closest number. (My favorite)
3. Use algebra to solve the arithmetic: To be used cautiously after identifying the pattern enabling algebraic equation formation.
4. Divide the options with the given number to see which number is closest to 1 (1 because we will also be dividing the given number, 1/2 in this case, to the same number)
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AbdurRakib wrote:
Which of the following fractions is closest to $$\frac{1}{2}$$?
A) $$\frac{4}{7}$$
B) $$\frac{5}{9}$$
C) $$\frac{6}{11}$$
D) $$\frac{7}{13}$$
E) $$\frac{9}{16}$$

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there is one property:
If factor (suppose a/b) is between zero and one then, (a/b)<((a+1)/b+1))<((a+2)/b+2))<........<1
Means if we add one in numerator and denominator it will tend toward 1.

Now come to questiom
if we divide 1/2 by all answer choices one by one, The no. which will be closer to 1/2, will give no. closer to 1 once divided by option choices.

1.) 7/8
2.)9/10
3.)11/12
4.) 13/14
5.)16/18=8/9

So 13/14 is relatively closer to 1, hence, answer will be option (d)
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Sometimes it is easier to go directly with calculation instead of try with equations.

(1/2) - each option. In less than 2 minutes you will find that the smallest difference is (1/2) - (7/13)
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AbdurRakib wrote:
Which of the following fractions is closest to $$\frac{1}{2}$$?
A) $$\frac{4}{7}$$
B) $$\frac{5}{9}$$
C) $$\frac{6}{11}$$
D) $$\frac{7}{13}$$
E) $$\frac{9}{16}$$

To determine which answer choice is closest to 1/2, we can subtract 1/2 from each answer choice. The difference that is closest to zero will indicate the fraction that is closest to 1/2.

A) 4/7

4/7 - 1/2 = 8/14 - 7/14 = 1/14

B) 5/9

5/9 - 1/2 = 10/18 - 9/18 = 1/18

C) 6/11

6/11 - 1/2 = 12/22 - 11/22 = 1/22

D) 7/13

7/13 - 1/2 = 14/26 - 13/26 = 1/26

E) 9/16

9/16 - 1/2 = 9/16 - 8/16 = 1/16

Since 1/26 is closest to zero, 7/13 is closest to 1/2.

ScottTargetTestPrep /VeritasKarishma. Kindly help. If the Options include the following three:

1. 5/11
2. 50/99
3. 50/101.

Then with the above approach I am getting two negative values (For 1 and 3). Should I ignore the negative sign and focus on largest denominator ? So that the largest denominator can be the ans.

Closest to 1/2 could be slightly less than 1/2 or slightly more than 1/2. When you subtract 1/2, the number slightly less than 1/2 will become negative. Still, we need to be as close to 0 as possible i.e. distance from 0 to be as small as possible. Basically, the absolute value of the number obtained should be as small as possible. So you ignore the sign you get and focus on just the absolute value. It should be smallest (with same numerator, the denominator should be greatest).
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ScottTargetTestPrep wrote:
AbdurRakib wrote:
Which of the following fractions is closest to $$\frac{1}{2}$$?
A) $$\frac{4}{7}$$
B) $$\frac{5}{9}$$
C) $$\frac{6}{11}$$
D) $$\frac{7}{13}$$
E) $$\frac{9}{16}$$

To determine which answer choice is closest to 1/2, we can subtract 1/2 from each answer choice. The difference that is closest to zero will indicate the fraction that is closest to 1/2.

A) 4/7

4/7 - 1/2 = 8/14 - 7/14 = 1/14

B) 5/9

5/9 - 1/2 = 10/18 - 9/18 = 1/18

C) 6/11

6/11 - 1/2 = 12/22 - 11/22 = 1/22

D) 7/13

7/13 - 1/2 = 14/26 - 13/26 = 1/26

E) 9/16

9/16 - 1/2 = 9/16 - 8/16 = 1/16

Since 1/26 is closest to zero, 7/13 is closest to 1/2.

ScottTargetTestPrep /VeritasKarishma. Kindly help. If the Options include the following three:

1. 5/11
2. 50/99
3. 50/101.

Then with the above approach I am getting two negative values (For 1 and 3). Should I ignore the negative sign and focus on largest denominator ? So that the largest denominator can be the ans.

In the original example, all the given answer choices were greater than 1/2; that’s why we didn’t bother with absolute values and just subtracted 1/2 from each answer choice. In reality, if some of the answer choices were greater than 1/2 and some were less, we would compare the absolute value of the difference of the numbers and 1/2. The reason for that has to do with distances on the real number line; the distance between two real numbers is the absolute value of their difference. So, for the numbers you provided, you should compare the absolute values of the distances and take the one closest to zero. Another way of saying that is for the ones greater than 1/2, subtract 1/2 and for the ones less than 1/2, subtract those numbers from 1/2.
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Any simple and quick method to calculate?

How I picked the correct answer in 1 min is :

Qn> 1/2

Ans>
1. 1/1/75
2. 1/1.8
3. 1/1.83
4. 1/1.85
5. 1/1.7

Among all 1.85 is closest to 1/2 hence D is answer .
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chetan2u wrote:
AbdurRakib wrote:
Which of the following fractions is closest to $$\frac{1}{2}$$?
A) $$\frac{4}{7}$$
B) $$\frac{5}{9}$$
C) $$\frac{6}{11}$$
D) $$\frac{7}{13}$$
E) $$\frac{9}{16}$$

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Hi,

Do not waste time in calculating..
look at the similarity in all choices- they all EXCEPT E are of type $$\frac{x}{2x-1}$$...
and $$\frac{x}{2x-1}$$ for an integer x is always >1/2 and will become lesser in value , that is will keep getting closer to 1/2 with higher VALUE of x..

you can check in two ways-
1) for x as 1 or 2 or 3..
x=1, $$\frac{x}{2x-1}$$ = 1..
x=2, $$\frac{x}{2x-1}$$ = 2/3..
x=3, $$\frac{x}{2x-1}$$ = 3/5..
so each successive value is smaller than previous one..

2) simplify the term..- IMPORTANT
$$\frac{x}{2x-1}$$=$$\frac{1}{(2x-1)/x}$$ = $$\frac{1}{(2x/x-1/x)}$$ = $$\frac{1}{(2-1/x)}$$
so the denominator should be closer to 2 so $$2-\frac{1}{x}$$ should be close to 2, and therefore x should be MAX to make $$\frac{1}{x}$$ less

Therefore, here 7 is the highest value in the four choices so D is the closest to 1/2.

lets see E... It is the TYPE $$\frac{x}{2(x-1)}$$... clearly since 7 and 9 are close to each other but denominator in E is reduced by a larger number,

Could you please clarify how you deal with A/C E using the first method you proposed?

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AbdurRakib wrote:
Which of the following fractions is closest to $$\frac{1}{2}$$?
A) $$\frac{4}{7}$$
B) $$\frac{5}{9}$$
C) $$\frac{6}{11}$$
D) $$\frac{7}{13}$$
E) $$\frac{9}{16}$$

To determine which answer choice is closest to 1/2, we can subtract 1/2 from each answer choice. The difference that is closest to zero will indicate the fraction that is closest to 1/2.

A) 4/7

4/7 - 1/2 = 8/14 - 7/14 = 1/14

B) 5/9

5/9 - 1/2 = 10/18 - 9/18 = 1/18

C) 6/11

6/11 - 1/2 = 12/22 - 11/22 = 1/22

D) 7/13

7/13 - 1/2 = 14/26 - 13/26 = 1/26

E) 9/16

9/16 - 1/2 = 9/16 - 8/16 = 1/16

Since 1/26 is closest to zero, 7/13 is closest to 1/2.

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