Lesson 4Proportional Relationships and Equations
Let’s write equations describing proportional relationships.
Learning Targets:
 I can write an equation of the form to represent a proportional relationship described by a table or a story.
 I can write the constant of proportionality as an entry in a table.
4.1 Number Talk: Division
Find each quotient mentally.
4.2 Feeding a Crowd, Revisited

A recipe says that 2 cups of dry rice will serve 6 people. Complete the table as you answer the questions. Be prepared to explain your reasoning.

How many people will 1 cup of rice serve?

How many people will 3 cups of rice serve? 12 cups? 43 cups?

How many people will cups of rice serve?
cups of dry rice number of people 1 2 6 3 12 43 

A recipe says that 6 spring rolls will serve 3 people. Complete the table as you answer the questions. Be prepared to explain your reasoning.
 How many people will 1 spring roll serve?
 How many people will 10 spring rolls serve? 16 spring rolls? 25 spring rolls?
 How many people will spring rolls serve?
number of spring rolls number of people 1 6 3 10 16 25  How was completing this table different from the previous table? How was it the same?
4.3 Denver to Chicago
A plane flew at a constant speed between Denver and Chicago. It took the plane 1.5 hours to fly 915 miles.
 Complete the table.
time (hours) distance (miles) speed (miles per hour) 1 1.5 915 2 2.5  How far does the plane fly in one hour?
 How far would the plane fly in hours at this speed?
 If represents the distance that the plane flies at this speed for hours, write an equation that relates and .
 How far would the plane fly in 3 hours at this speed? in 3.5 hours? Explain or show your reasoning.
Are you ready for more?
A rocky planet orbits Proxima Centauri, a star that is about 1.3 parsecs from Earth. This planet is the closest planet outside of our solar system.
 How long does it take light from Proxima Centauri to reach the Earth? (A parsec is about 3.26 light years. A light year is the distance light travels in one year.)
 There are two twins. One twin wants to explore the planet near Proxima Centauri and leaves on a spaceship traveling at 90% of the speed of light, while the other twin stays home on Earth. How much does the twin on Earth age while the other twin travels to Proxima Centauri? (Do you think the answer would be the same for the other twin? Consider researching “The Twin Paradox” to learn more.)
4.4 Revisiting Bread Dough
A bakery uses 8 tablespoons of honey for every 10 cups of flour to make bread dough. Some days they bake bigger batches and some days they bake smaller batches, but they always use the same ratio of honey to flour.
 Complete the table.
 If is the cups of flour needed for tablespoons of honey, write an equation that relates and .

How much flour is needed for 15 tablespoons of honey? 17 tablespoons? Explain or show your reasoning.
honey (tbsp)  flour (c) 

1  
8  10 
16  
30  
Lesson 4 Summary
The table shows the amount of red paint and blue paint needed to make a certain shade of purple paint, called Venusian Sunset.
Note that “parts” can be any unit for volume. If we mix 3 cups of red with 12 cups of blue, you will get the same shade as if we mix 3 teaspoons of red with 12 teaspoons of blue.
red paint (parts) 
blue paint (parts) 

3  12 
1  4 
7  28 
1  
The last row in the table says that if we know the amount of red paint needed, , we can always multiply it by 4 to find the amount of blue paint needed, , to mix with it to make Venusian Sunset. We can say this more succinctly with the equation . So the amount of blue paint is proportional to the amount of red paint and the constant of proportionality is 4.
We can also look at this relationship the other way around.
If we know the amount of blue paint needed, , we can always multiply it by to find the amount of red paint needed, , to mix with it to make Venusian Sunset. So . The amount of blue paint is proportional to the amount of red paint and the constant of proportionality .
blue paint (parts) 
red paint (parts) 

12  3 
4  1 
28  7 
1  
In general, when is proportional to , we can always multiply by the same number —the constant of proportionality—to get . We can write this much more succinctly with the equation .
Lesson 4 Practice Problems

A certain ceiling is made up of tiles. Every square meter of ceiling requires 10.75 tiles. Fill in the table with the missing values.
square meters of ceiling number of tiles 1 10 100 
On a flight from New York to London, an airplane travels at a constant speed. An equation relating the distance traveled in miles, , to the number of hours flying, , is . How long will it take the airplane to travel 800 miles?

Each table represents a proportional relationship. For each, find the constant of proportionality, and write an equation that represents the relationship.
2 8 3 12 5 20 10 40 Constant of proportionality:
Equation:
2 6.28 3 9.42 5 15.7 10 31.4 Constant of proportionality:
Equation:

A map of Colorado says that the scale is 1 inch to 20 miles or 1 to 1,267,200. Are these two ways of reporting the scale the same? Explain your reasoning.

Here is a polygon on a grid.

Draw a scaled copy of the polygon using a scale factor of 3. Label the copy A.

Draw a scaled copy of the polygon with a scale factor . Label it B.

Is Polygon A a scaled copy of Polygon B? If so, what is the scale factor that takes B to A?
