If I have a ratio, I can create a new ratio that is equivalent to it.
If I have two ratios, I can decide whether they are equivalent to each other.
Let’s investigate equivalent ratios.
The following diagram gives a definition of equivalent ratios and how to determine whether two given ratios are equivalent.
Tell students you will show them an image made up of dots for 3 seconds. Their job is to find how many dots are in the image and explain how they saw them. Display the image for all to see for 3 seconds and then hide it. Do this twice. Give students 1 minute of quiet think time between each flash of the image. Encourage students who have one way of seeing the dots to think of another way while they wait.
Here is a recipe for tuna casserole.
3 cups cooked elbow-shaped pasta
6 ounce can tuna, drained
10 ounce can cream of chicken soup
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups French fried onions
Combine the pasta, tuna, soup, and half of the cheese. Transfer into a 9 inch by 18 inch baking dish. Put the remaining cheese on top. Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees. During the last 5 minutes, add the French fried onions. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving.
(1) What is the ratio of the ounces of soup to the cups of shredded cheese to the cups of pasta in one batch of casserole?
(2) How much of each of these 3 ingredients would be needed to make:
a. twice the amount of casserole?
b. half the amount of casserole?
c. five times the amount of casserole?
d. one-fifth the amount of casserole?
(3) What is the ratio of cups of pasta to ounces of tuna in one batch of casserole?
(4) How many batches of casserole would you make if you used the following amounts of ingredients?
a. 9 cups of pasta and 18 ounces of tuna?
b. 36 ounces of tuna and 18 cups of pasta?
c. 1 cup of pasta and 2 ounces of tuna?
The recipe says to use a 9 inch by 18 inch baking dish. Determine the length and width of a baking dish with the same height that could hold:
The ratios 5:3 and 10:6 are equivalent ratios.
Is the ratio 15:12 equivalent to these? Explain your reasoning.
Is the ratio 10:18 equivalent to these? Explain your reasoning.
Give two more examples of ratios that are equivalent to 5:3.
How do you know when ratios are equivalent and when they are not equivalent?
Write a definition of equivalent ratios.
Create a visual display that includes:
equivalent ratios: Two ratios are equivalent if you can multiply each of the numbers in the first ratio by the same factor to get the numbers in the second ratio.
Try the free Mathway calculator and
problem solver below to practice various math topics. Try the given examples, or type in your own
problem and check your answer with the step-by-step explanations.
We welcome your feedback, comments and questions about this site or page. Please submit your feedback or enquiries via our Feedback page.