Task# Two Interpretations of Division

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Both of the questions are solved by the division problem but what happens to the ribbon is different in each case. In the first case, the number of pieces of ribbon is fixed at 3 and the question is asking 'how long is each piece?' (12 feet divided into 3 pieces gives 4 feet per piece.) In the second question, the size of each piece is fixed and the question is 'how many pieces does one get?'