# n = inch (globe) 125 miles (real) n (globe circumference) 25, 000 ```Unit 5 – Rates, Ratios, and Proportions
Lesson 4 – Proportions and Scale
Blue Handout
Blue – Proportions and Scale
1. The scale on a map is 1/8 inch = 260 miles. How far apart are two cities that are
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1 inches apart on the map?
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2. The scale on a globe is 1/8 inch equals 125 miles. How many inches is the
circumference of that globe? (Use 25,000 miles for the circumference of the
earth.)
Solutions
1. 2210 miles
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1
1
inch
16
8
=
Set up a proportion:
260 miles
n miles
Cross-multiply:
1
n=
inch
17 •260
8
16
Divide both sides by 1/8 (which is the same as multiplying by 8/1): n = 2210 miles
2. 25 inches
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inch ( globe )
n ( globe circumference )
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Set up a proportion:
=
125 miles (real ) 25, 000 miles (real circumference )
Cross-multiply: 125n = 3125
Divide both sides by 125: n = 25 inches
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Unit 5 – Rates, Ratios, and Proportions
Lesson 4 – Proportions and Scale
Blue Handout
Bibliography Information
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Bibliography Information
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Zaccaro, Edward. Challenge Math (Second
Edition): Hickory Grove Press, 2005.
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