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Use Multiplicative Relationships

In this worksheet, students will express multiplicative relationships in terms of ratios and fractions, cancelling them into their simplest by finding the HCF.

Worksheet Overview

There are a number of occasions when we may see a relationship expressed as a multiple.

 

For example, we could say, "this bottle holds three times as much as that one."

This is an example of a multiplicative relationship.

 

One of the essential skills you need to master to be successful with questions involving multiplicative relationships, is to know how to write them as either a ratio or a fraction.

 

Let's look at this in action now. 

 

 

 

e.g. One jug of water is three times larger than another. Express this relationship as a ratio.

 

We know that all ratios are written as the form a:b, where a and b are whole numbers.

 

In this case, we can write this relationship as 1:3 or 3:1.

This question doesn't specify which one is bigger out of the jugs, so it is acceptable to use either order in our ratio here. 

 

 

 

e.g. I have two pieces of wood. Piece A is 60 cm and piece B is 80 cm long.

a) Write the lengths of A:B as a ratio in its simplest form.

 

We start by writing each number simply as a ratio, in the order expressed in the question:

60:80

 

We can then cancel this ratio down into its simplest form by finding the Highest Common Factor (HCF) of both numbers. 

 

Here the HCF is 20:

60 ÷ 20 = 3

80 ÷ 20 = 4

 

So the simplest possible form of this ratio is 3:4

 

 

b) Find the length of B as a fraction of A.

 

In this question, we are asked to find B as a fraction of A, so B must go on the top of the fraction and A on the bottom, like this:

80
60

 

This fraction can then be cancelled down if we divide by a HCF of 20:

80 ÷ 20 = 4
60 ÷ 20 3

 

 

 

In this activity, we will express multiplicative relationships in terms of ratios and fractions, cancelling them into their simplest by finding the HCF or using them to find missing variables. 

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