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  •  It would be more understandable (13+ / 0-)

    if they had the numerators above the denominators instead of all printed on the same line. (Although maybe they did this in the original this was quoted from; I didn't check.)

    But once I sorted that out, the actual math isn't difficult. It's the wording of the question that makes it so confusing. All it really seems to be asking is to explain the simple concept of multiplying the numerators by the numerators and denominators by the denominators, but someone decided for some sadistic reason, "Hey, let's try to word this simple concept as confusingly as possible."

    Among other things, I edit economics papers with a lot of complex mathematical equations that are often way over my head, but if the authors worded the accompanying text as confusingly as this, I would have asked for a rewrite to clarify what they were trying to get across.

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