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## Algebra basics

### Course: Algebra basics > Unit 3

Lesson 7: Writing & solving proportions# Proportion word problem: hot dogs

Mika can eat 21 hot dogs in 66 minutes. She wants to know how many minutes it would take her to eat 35 hot dogs if she can keep up the same pace.

## Want to join the conversation?

- how do you solve a poportion?(3 votes)
- Can't you just cross multiply?(10 votes)
- You Could! Our job is to show the most efficient way so that students know how to do it efficiently on their own!(1 vote)

- Couldn't you first divide 66/21 and then multiply that number by 35?(9 votes)
- No! If you do that it could easily mess your answer up and your grade will be a flunk!(1 vote)

- Who eats THAT much hot dogs? :/

And also wouldn't that make your stomach hurt?

I can only survive by eating 1 or 2 hot dogs...

And it looks like that Mika in this math problem is gonna have a ride to the hospital + some surgery.(7 votes) - I am confused why Sal multiplies by the fraction in the equation instead of dividing by this.

(21/66)/(21/66)m = 35/(21/66) is the same as (66/21)*(21/66)m = 35*(66/21)?

In the first equation the fraction is dividing, in the second equation it is multiplying.(7 votes) - Mika can eat 21 hot dogs in 6 minutes. She wants to know how many minutes (m)(m) it would take her to eat 35 hot dogs if she can keep up the same pace.

How many minutes would Mika need to eat 35 hot dogs?(6 votes) - yesterday I dropped my older sister's baby and she called the cops and everyone was crying... but the real question is why bring a baby to the grand canyon?(4 votes)
- cross multiply more easy(5 votes)
- If Mikka
*would*eat 21 or 35 hotdogs, then she's definitely gonna have**health issues**.(3 votes) - cross multiply more easy(3 votes)

## Video transcript

- We're told that Mika can
eat 21 hot dogs in 66 minutes. She wants to know how many
minutes, m, would it take her to eat 35 hot dogs, if she
can keep up the same pace. So, big clue is the same
pace, I have to remove a hair from my tongue, alright. (laughs) A big clue is the same pace. That means that the hot
dogs, hot dogs per minute, per minute, is going to be
constant, is always going to be the same, always the same. Always the same, because
this is essentially the pace. Her hot dogs per minute
are going to stay the same. She's gonna stay at the same pace. So, we it tells us that
she can eat 21 hot dogs in 66 minutes. So, her hot dogs per
minute, at least up here, is 21 hot dogs in 66 minutes, So, it's 21 hot dogs in 66 minutes. Well, if her pace is always
going to be the same, well it's gonna take her
this ratio over here, is going to be the ratio
between 35 hot dogs and however long it takes
her to eat 35 hot dogs. So, once again hot dogs
per minute are going, has to be a constant because
it's gonna be the same pace. Hot dogs per minute. If it takes, 21 hot dogs
takes 66 minutes, 35 hot dogs take m minutes, these two
ratios are going to be the same. We're dealing with a
proportional relationship. It's going to be happening
at the same rate. And then, we're left with a situation where we just have to solve
for m, and there is a bunch of different ways you could tackle this. The easiest way, that I
can think of doing it is, I like, I don't like this m
sitting here in the denominator, so let's multiply both sides by m. Let me do that in a different color. So, if I multiply that side
by m and then this side by m, and so what do we get? On the left hand side,
we have 21 over 66m. 21 over 66 times m, times m, is equal to, is equal to, well, you divide by m and multiply by m. Those are gonna cancel out
and you're just gonna have 35. And now, you just have to
solve for m and the best way I can think of doing that,
is multiply both sides times the reciprocal on, both
sides times the reciprocal of the coefficient on the m. So, let's multiply both sides by, let's multiply both side by 66 over 21. Once again, I've just
swapped the numerator and the denominator here
to get the reciprocal, but I can't just do it to
one side of the equation, I have to do it to both sides, otherwise, it's not going to be an equa, it's not gonna be equal anymore. So, times 66 over 21, this
is just going to be one. You multiply something
times it's reciprocal, you're just going to end up with one. So, you're gonna be left
with, m is equal to. Now, 35 times 66 divided by 21. Well, 35 is the same thing as, 35 is five times seven and 21 is three times seven. So, you're multiplying by seven up here and here, you have a
seven in the denominator, you're dividing by seven, so
they're going to cancel out. So, this is going to simplify
to five times 66 over 3, and then we could simplify it even more, because 66 is the same
thing as three times 22. Three times 22 and so, you
have a three in the numerator, you're multiplying by three
and three in the denominator, dividing by three. Three divided by three
is one, so you're left with five times 22, which is 110. So, it would take her m
minutes to eat 35 hot dogs at the same pace. Now, when some of you
might have tackled it, you might have had a different
equation set up here. Instead of thinking of
hot dogs per minute, you might have thought
about minutes per hot dog. And so, in that situation,
if you thought in terms of minutes per hot dog, you
might have said, ok look, it took Mika 66 minutes to eat 20, to eat 21 hot dogs,and it's
gonna take her m minutes to eat 35 hot dogs and
if it's the same pace, then these two rates
are going to be equal. They have to be the same pace. And so, then you can
solve for m and actually, this one's easier to solve for m, you just multiply both sides by 35. Multiply both sides by
35 and you're left with, on the right hand side
you're left with just an m, and on the left hand
side, same, same idea. You're taking 35, you have 35 times 66/21, which we already figured out is 110. So, 110 is equal, is equal to m. So, once again, multiple
ways to tackle it, but it's important that
we got the same answer.