Proportion Word Problems

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Proportion word problems are all about noticing relationships. Do you see a repeated relationship? Then you've got a proportion.

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Watch out for the same relationship repeated in a word problem. For example, they might tell you that a certain paint contains 3 parts of white paint for every 1 part of blue paint, then ask how many gallons of blue paint you'll need when using 12 gallons of white paint. I see the relationship of blue paint to white paint used twice here. It's proportion time!

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Determine which proportion matches the described scenario with this Khan Academy practice set.

Practice writing your own proportions and solving them with this Khan Academy practice set.

Practice proportion problems with unit conversions with this Khan Academy practice set.