Illustrative Mathematics Unit 6.2, Lesson 12: Navigating a Table of Equivalent Ratios

Learning Targets:

  • I can solve problems about situations happening at the same rate by using a table and finding a “1” row.
  • I can use a table of equivalent ratios to solve problems about unit price.

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Lesson 12: Navigating a Table of Equivalent Ratios

Let’s use a table of equivalent ratios like a pro.

Illustrative Math Unit 6.2, Lesson 12 (printable worksheets)

Lesson 12 Summary

The following diagram shows how to use a table of equivalent ratios to solve problems about unit price.

Equivalent Ratios and Tables

12.1 Number Talk: Multiplying by a Unit Fraction

Find the product mentally.
Multiply by Unit Fraction

12.2 - Comparing Taco Prices

Use the table to help you solve these problems. Explain or show your reasoning.

number of tacos price in dollars
  1. Noah bought 4 tacos and paid $6. At this rate, how many tacos could he buy for $15?
  2. Jada’s family bought 50 tacos for a party and paid $72. Were Jada’s tacos the same price as Noah’s tacos?

12.3 - Hourly Wages

Lin is paid $90 for 5 hours of work. She used the following table to calculate how much she would be paid at this rate for 8 hours of work.

  1. What is the meaning of the 18 that appears in the table?
  2. Why was the number 1/5 used as a multiplier?
  3. Explain how Lin used this table to solve the problem.
  4. At this rate, how much would Lin be paid for 3 hours of work? For 2.1 hours of work?

12.4 - Zeno’s Memory Card

In 2016, 128 gigabytes (GB) of portable computer memory cost $32.

  1. Here is a double number line that represents the situation:

One set of tick marks has already been drawn to show the result of multiplying 128 and 32 each by 1/2. Label the amount of memory and the cost for these tick marks.

Next, keep multiplying by 1/2 and drawing and labeling new tick marks, until you can no longer clearly label each new tick mark with a number.

  1. Here is a table that represents the situation. Find the cost of 1 gigabyte. You can use as many rows as you need.
memory (gigabytes) cost (dollars)

Are you ready for more?

A kilometer is 1,000 meters because kilo is a prefix that means 1,000. The prefix mega means 1,000,000 and giga (as in gigabyte) means 1,000,000,000. One byte is the amount of memory needed to store one letter of the alphabet. About how many of each of the following would fit on a 1-gigabyte flash drive?

  1. letters
  2. pages
  3. books
  4. movies
  5. songs

Lesson 12 Practice Problems

  1. Priya collected 2,400 grams of pennies in a fundraiser. Each penny has a mass of 2.5 grams. How much money did Priya raise? If you get stuck, consider using the table.
number of pennies mass in grams
  1. Kiran reads 5 pages in 20 minutes. He spends the same amount of time per page. How long will it take him to read 11 pages? If you get stuck, consider using the table.
time in minutes number of pages
  1. Mai is making personal pizzas. For 4 pizzas, she uses 10 ounces of cheese.
number of pizzas ounces of cheese

a. How much cheese does Mai use per pizza?
b. At this rate, how much cheese will she need to make 15 pizzas?

  1. Clare is paid $90 for 5 hours of work. At this rate, how many seconds does it take for her to earn 25 cents?
  2. A car that travels 20 miles in 1/2 hour at constant speed is traveling at the same speed as a car that travels 30 miles in 3/4 hour at a constant speed. Explain or show why.
  3. Lin makes her favorite juice blend by mixing cranberry juice with apple juice in the ratio shown on the double number line. Complete the diagram to show smaller and larger batches that would taste the same as Lin’s favorite blend.
  4. Each of these is a pair of equivalent ratios. For each pair, explain why they are equivalent ratios or draw a representation that shows why they are equivalent ratios.
    a. 600:450 and 60:45
    b. 60:45 and 4:3
    c. 600:450 and 4:3

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