. of the 50 states in the united states, 14 have an atlantic ocean coastline and 5 have a pacific ocean coastline. what fraction of the u.s. states have either an atlantic ocean or pacific ocean coastline?
The answer is 19/50 5/50 have Pacific ocean coastline and 14 have Atlantic ocean as coastline. The answer we get when we sum 5/50 and 14/50. The fraction 19/50 cannot be simplified.
A fraction is a part of a whole number (or set). In this case the whole number of states is 50 and the part is the states that posses either Athlantic Ocean or Pacific Ocean coastline which is 14 + 5 = 19. Then the fraction is 19 out of 50 = 19/50, which is an irreductible fraction.