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# Jason has a piece of wire that is 62.4 inches long. He cuts the wire into 3 equal pieces. Estimate the length of 1 piece of wire.

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Let's estimate the length of 1 piece of wire.

Since Jason has a piece of wire that is 62.4 inches long and he cuts these wire onto 3 equal pieces, notice that then we have to $\textbf{estimate the next quotient}$:

$62.4\div 3$

In another words, find the number $\textbf{close to}$ 62.4 that $\textbf{divides easily}$ by 3:

$63 \approx 62.4 \quad\quad\rightarrow\quad\quad 63 \div 3 = 21 \quad\textcolor{#c34632}{\checkmark}$

Therefore, the $\textbf{estimate}$ will be $\text{\underline{\quad \textbf{21}\quad}}$ inches.

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