# 6.2.5 Activity: Young People and Debt

[ Why do you think the authors used fractions of the group (rather than the numbers of people) to report their results? ] The next activity illustrates how fractions are used to report results from a survey.

## Activity: Young People and Debt

How many people owe more than $1,600? You found this in part (c). How many people were interviewed in all? ### Answer (d) Since 210 people were surveyed, the fraction who owed more than$1,600 is , which reduces to . Hence one-third of one-half equals one-sixth.

Reference:

New Policy Unit (2001) Young People, Financial Responsibilities and Social Exclusion. Available online at http://www.npi.org.uk/ files/ New%20Policy%20Institute/ More%20than%20PIN.pdf [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] [accessed 24 Sept 2011]

6.2.4 Adding and Subtracting Fractions Challenge

6.3 Multiplying Fractions