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Illustrative Math
Grade 7
Lesson 8: Scale Drawings and Maps
Let’s use scale drawings to solve problems.
Illustrative Math Unit 7.1, Lesson 8 (printable worksheets)
Lesson 8 Summary
The following diagram shows how to use a map and its scale to solve problems about traveling.
Lesson 8.1 A Train and a Car
Two cities are 243 miles apart.
 It takes a train 4 hours to travel between the two cities at a constant speed.
 A car travels between the two cities at a constant speed of 65 miles per hour.
Which is traveling faster, the car or the train? Be prepared to explain your reasoning.
Lesson 8.2 Driving on I90
 A driver is traveling at a constant speed on Interstate 90 outside of Chicago. If she traveled from Point A to Point B in 8 minutes, did she obey the speed limit of 55 miles per hour? Explain your reasoning.
 A traffic helicopter flew directly from Point A to Point B in 8 minutes. Did the helicopter travel faster or slower than the driver? Explain or show your reasoning.
Use the Distance tool to measure the shortest distance between two points.
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Lesson 8.3 Biking through Kansas
A cyclist rides at a constant speed of 15 miles per hour. At this speed, about how long would it take the cyclist to ride from Garden City to Dodge City, Kansas?
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Jada finds a map that says, “Note: This map is not to scale.” What do you think this means? Why is this information important?

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Not to scale means we cannot use the distances on the map to find the actual distances between locations.
Lesson 8 Practice Problems
 Here is a map that shows parts of Texas and Oklahoma.
a. About how far is it from Amarillo to Oklahoma City? Explain your reasoning.
b. Driving at a constant speed of 70 miles per hour, will it be possible to make this trip in 3 hours? Explain how you know.
 A local park is in the shape of a square. A map of the local park is made with the scale 1 inch to 200 feet.
a. If the park is shown as a square on the map, each side of which is one foot long, how long is each side of the square park?
b. If a straight path in the park is 900 feet long, how long would the path be when represented on the map?
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