Equivalent Ratios - Summit School District

Equivalent Ratios
EngageNY Lesson 4&5
Student Outcomes
Given a ratio, students identify equivalent ratios.
Students use tape diagrams and the description of
equivalent ratios to determine if two ratios are
Students relate the positive number, c , in the
description of equivalent ratios to the tape diagrams
they have been using to find equivalent ratios.
Example 1
The morning announcements said that two out of every
seven 6th graders in the school have an overdue library
book. Jasmine said, “That would mean 24 of us have
overdue books!” Grace argued, “No way. That is way too
high.” How can you determine who is right?
Exercise 1
• Decide whether or not each of the following pairs of ratios
is equivalent.
If the ratios are not equivalent, find a ratio that is
equivalent to the first ratio.
If the ratios are equivalent, identify the positive number,c,
that could be used to multiply each number of the first
ratio by in order to get the numbers for the second ratio.
6:11 and 42:88
Yes, the value, c , is: ________
No, an equivalent ratio would be: ________
0: 5 and 0: 20
Yes, the value, c , is: ________
No, an equivalent ratio would be: ________
Exercise 2
In a bag of mixed walnuts and cashews, the ratio of number of walnuts to
number of cashews is 5:6.
Determine the amount of walnuts that are in the bag if there are 54
• Use a tape diagram to support your work. Justify your answer by showing
that the new ratio you created of number of walnuts to number of cashews
is equivalent to 5:6.
Mid-Lesson Summary
Consider this description:
• Two ratios A:B and C:D are equivalent ratios if there is a positive number,c ,
such thatC= cA and D= cB.
• Ratios are equivalent if there is a positive number that can be multiplied by
both quantities in one ratio to equal the corresponding quantities in the
second ratio.
• This description can be used to determine whether two ratios are
Lesson 5 Example 1
A County Superintendent of Highways is interested in the numbers of different
types of vehicles that regularly travel within his county. In the month of
August, a total of 192 registrations were purchased for passenger cars and
pickup trucks at the local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
• The DMV reported that in the month of August, for every 5 passenger cars
registered, there were 7 pickup trucks registered. How many of each type of
vehicle were registered in the county in the month of August?
a. Using the information in the problem, write four ratios and describe the meaning of
What value does each individual part of the tape diagram represent?
How many of each type of vehicle were registered in August?
Lesson 5 Example 2
The Superintendent of Highways also wants to know
about the commercial vehicles traveling the county’s
highways. He finds out that for the month of September
for every 14 non-commercial vehicles, there were 5
commercial vehicles. If there were 108 more noncommercial vehicles, how many of each type of vehicle
used the highways in September?
Lesson 5 Exercises
Think/ Pair/ Team Share your answers to the
Select the most interesting method to share with
the class.

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