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Problem H1


Sandy made some iced tea from a mix, using 12 tablespoons of mix and 20 cups of water. Chris and Pat thought it tasted great, but they needed 30 cups of tea for their party. Lee arrived, and they found they disagreed about how to make 30 cups that tasted just the same:


It's easy: Just add 10 tablespoons of tea and 10 cups of water. Increase everything by 10.


Wait a minute. 30 is just 1 and a 1/2 times 20, so since you add 1/2 as much water, add 1/2 the tea: add 10 cups of water and 6 tablespoons of tea.


I think about it this way: We used 12 tablespoons for 20 cups, so 12/20 = 3/5 tablespoons for 1 cup, so for 30 cups we should use 30 x 3/5 = 18 tablespoons.


Wait: 20 - 12 = 8, so you want to keep the difference between water and tea at 8. Since there are 30 cups of water, we should use 30 - 8 = 22 tablespoons of tea. That will keep everything the same.

Critique each of these methods. Which methods are the same? Which methods will really produce tea that tastes the same?

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Which are absolute comparisons, and which are relative ones? What type of comparison is more useful here?   Close Tip


Problem H2



Draw a right triangle with legs 3 and 4 cm and hypotenuse 5 cm.


Draw a triangle whose legs are double those in H2(a).


Draw a triangle whose side lengths are each 2 cm more than those of the first triangle. That is, the lengths are 5 cm, 6 cm, and 7 cm.


Which of the new triangles looks similar to the original triangle?


Problem H3


Five brothers ran a race. The twins began at the starting line. Their older brother began behind the starting line, and their two younger brothers began at different distances ahead of the starting line. Each boy ran at a fairly uniform speed. Here are the rules for the relationship between distance (d meters) from the starting line and time (t seconds) for each boy.


d = 6t


d = 4t + 7


d = 5t + 4


d = 5t


d = 7t - 5


Which brothers are the twins? How do you know?


Which brother is the oldest? How do you know?


For each brother, describe how far from the starting line he began the race and how fast he ran.

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Which number in each equation is related to that brother's speed? A table may help you to see the relationship.   Close Tip



Which line below represents which brother? What events match the intersection points of the lines?



What is the order of the brothers 2 seconds after the race began?


Which two brothers stay the same distance apart throughout the race? How do you know, based on their graphs? How do you know, based on their equations?


If the finish line was 30 meters from the starting line, who won?


Which brothers' relationships between distance from the starting line and time are proportional? How do you know?


Problem H3 taken from IMPACT Mathematics Course 2, developed by Education Development Center, Inc. (New York: Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, 2000), p.331-332. www.glencoe.com/sec/math

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