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Solve Problems Involving Missing Ratios

In this worksheet, students will solve assorted problems using ratios.

'Solve Problems Involving Missing Ratios' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Year:  Year 9 Maths worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Ratio Notation

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

In this activity, we will use what we know about ratio to solve some problems with some algebra in there!




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Not to worry, we'll soon get this sorted. Let's check out an example.



If we say x:y = 2:3


We can also say that


Or, we can multiply through by y, then again by 3 and get


This can help us if we had a missing value!


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Let's look at a possible question.



​(x + 1):9 = 2:3


Find x.



We can also say:



We can multiply through by 3 and 9 to give us:



Multiply out the bracket to form an equation::



Now we can solve it to find x!


Subtract 3 from both sides

Divide through by 3


We can check it by using 5 in the question:



We know that 6/9 simplifies to 2/3 so we are correct!!!!


Phew - that was a lot of work! The best way to get our heads around this is to practise doing some!



So, let's get started!

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