Review the basics of rates and try some practice problems.
What is a rate?
A rate is a ratio that compares two quantities with different units of measure.
Example of a rate:
A plane flew kilometers in hours.
A unit rate of two quantities in a ratio is the number of units of the first quantity for every unit of the second quantity.
Examples of a unit rates:
There are minutes in hour.
Jen types words in minute.
Want to learn more about rates? Check out this video.
Finding unit rates
To find a unit rate, we divide the first quantity in a rate by the second.
A plane flew kilometers in hours.
The plane flew at a rate of kilometers per hour. We can also write the unit rate as .
Want to learn more about solving unit rates? Check out this video.
Using unit rates to solve rate problems
Let's look at an example.
Mark can make birthday cakes in days.
How many birthday cakes can Mark make in days?
First, we find the unit rate.
Mark makes cakes at a unit rate of cakes for every day.
Now, we can use the unit rate to find how many cakes Mark makes in days.
In days, Mark can make cakes.
Frances can complete oil changes in days.
How many oil changes can Frances complete in days?
Want to try more problems like this? Check out this exercise.
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