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Developing Concepts of Ratio and Proportion. By David Her. 54 ÷ ∫ cos 2 θ d θ = 86 ÷ 317. Big Ideas. A ratio is a comparison of any two quantities. Proportions involve multiplicative rather than additive comparison.

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developing concepts of ratio and proportion

Developing Concepts of Ratio and Proportion

By David Her

54 ÷ ∫cos2θ dθ = 86 ÷ 317

big ideas
Big Ideas
  • A ratio is a comparison of any two quantities.
  • Proportions involve multiplicative rather than additive comparison.
  • Proportional thinking is developed through activities involving comparing and determining the equivalence of ratios and solving proportions without recourse to rules.
proportional reasoning
Proportional Reasoning
  • Provide ratio and proportion tasks in a wide of context. i.e. measurements, prices, geometric or visual context.
  • Encourage discussion and experimentation in predicting and comparing ratios.
  • Relate proportional reasoning to existing process.
  • Recognize that symbolic or mechanical methods, such as cross product, for solving proportions does not develop proportional reasoning.
question 1
Question #1)

Two weeks ago, a rose was measured at 8 inches and a sunflower at 12 inches. Today the rose is 11 inches and the sunflower is 15 inches tall. Did the rose or the sunflower grow more?

informal activities to develop proportional reasoning
Informal Activities to Develop Proportional Reasoning
  • Equivalent Ratio Selections
  • Comparing Ratios
  • Scaling with Ratios Tables
  • Construction and Measuring Activities
equivalent ratio selections
Equivalent Ratio Selections
  • Select an equivalent ratio from those that are presented.
  • Focus on an intuitive rationale why the pairs are selected.
question 2
Question #2)

On which cards is the ratio of trucks to boxes the same? Also compare trucks to trucks and boxes to boxes.

question 3
Question #3)

Which rectangles are similar?

question 31
Question #3)

Which rectangles are similar?

question 32
Question #3)

Which rectangles are similar?

comparing ratios
Comparing Ratios
  • An understanding of proportional situations includes being able to distinguish between ratios as well as to identify those ratios that are equivalent.
question 4
Question #4)

Some of the hens in Farmer Brown’s chicken farm lay brown eggs and the others lay white eggs. Farmer Brown noticed that in the large hen house he collected about 4 brown eggs for every 10 white ones. In the smaller hen house the ratio of brown to white was 1 to 3. In which hen house do the hens lay more brown eggs?

scaling with ratios tables
Scaling with Ratios Tables
  • Ratio table or charts show how two variable quantities are related. This is a good way to organize information.
question 5
Question #5)

Fill in the chart then graph it.

question 51
Question #5)

Fill in the chart then graph it.

slide16

Billy Bob’s Pine Trees per acre

Pine Trees

Acres

Note: Graph not Drawn to size

Made in china

construction and measuring activities
Construction and Measuring Activities
  • In these activities, students make measurement or visual models of equivalent ratios in order to provide tangible example of a proportion as well as look at numeric relationships.
question 6
Question #6)

Create a similar object that has 4 times the volume as shown below.

solving proportions
Solving Proportions
  • Within and Between Ratios
  • An informal approach
  • Cross Product Algorithm
within and between ratios
Within and Between Ratios
  • A ratio of two measures in the same setting is a within ratio.
  • A between ratio is a ratio of two corresponding measures in different situations.

Between

A

a

B

b

Within

Within

Between

Within

Between

A

B

=

a

b

A

a

=

B

b

an informal approach
An informal approach
  • Students find ways to solve proportions using their own ideas first. If you have been exploring proportions informally, students will have a good foundation on which to build their own approaches.
question 7
Question #7)

The price of a box of 2 dozen candy bars is $4.80. Bridget wants to buy 5 candy bars. What will she have to pay?

1 dozen candy bars cost half of $4.80

So 1 dozen candy bars cost $2.40

There are 12 candy bars in a dozen

$2.40 divided by 12 is $0.20 or 20 cents

So each candy bar cost 20 cents

And 5 candy bars times 20 cents is $1.00

Money money money. Money

cross product algorithm
Cross Product Algorithm
  • Sketch a simple picture that will determine what parts are related.
question 8
Question #8)

Apples are 3 pounds for 89 cents. How much should you pay for 5 pounds? Hint use within and between ratio.

5 pounds

3 pounds

89 cents

n cents

Within

3

89

=

5

n

Between

3

5

=

89

n

reference
Reference

John A. Van De Walle. Elementary and Middle School Mathematics, 5th Edition. Pearson Education Inc., 2004