Question

The cattle at the Clark Farm are fed 1/3 of a bale of hay each day. The horses are fed 1/6 as much hay as the cattle. How many bales of hay are the horses fed each day?

1. Thunguyet
The number of bales of hay the horses fed each day is 1/18.
Given that, the cattle at the Clark Farm are fed 1/3 of a bale of hay each day. The horses are fed 1/6 as much hay as the cattle.
We need to find how many bales of hay are the horses fed each day.

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The multiplication of fractions is not like the addition or subtraction of fractions, where the denominator should be the same. Here, any two fractions with different denominators can easily be multiplied. The only thing to be kept in mind is that the fractions should not be in the mixed form, they should either be proper fractions or improper fractions. Let us learn how to multiply fractions through the following steps:
Step 1: Multiply the numerators.
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Now, the horses are fed 1/6 as much hay as the cattle
That is, 1/6(1/3)=1/18
Therefore, the number of bales of hay the horses fed each day is 1/18.