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Illustrative Math
Grade 7
Lesson 3: More about Constant of Proportionality
Let’s solve more problems involving proportional relationships using tables.
Illustrative Math Unit 7.2, Lesson 3 (printable worksheets)
Lesson 3 Summary
The following diagram shows how to find the constant of proportionality from information given in a table.
Lesson 3.1 Equal Measures
Use the numbers and units from the list to find as many equivalent measurements as you can. For example, you might write “30 minutes is 1/2 hour.”
Lesson 3.2 Centimeters and Millimeters
 There is a proportional relationship between any length measured in centimeters and the same length measured in millimeters.
There are two ways of thinking about this proportional relationship.
 If you know the length of something in centimeters, you can calculate its length in millimeters.
a. Complete the table.
b. What is the constant of proportionality?
 If you know the length of something in millimeters, you can calculate its length in centimeters.
a. Complete the table.
b. What is the constant of proportionality?
 How are these two constants of proportionality related to each other?
 Complete each sentence:
a. To convert from centimeters to millimeters, you can multiply by ________.
b. To convert from millimeters to centimeters, you can divide by ________ or multiply by ________.
Are you ready for more?
 How many square millimeters are there in a square centimeter?

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10 millimeters = 1 centimeter
10^{2} square millimeters = 1^{2} square centimeter
100 square millimeters = 1 square centimeter
 How do you convert square centimeters to square millimeters? How do you convert the other way?

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To convert square centimeters to square millimeters, we multiply by 100
To convert square millimeters to square centimeters, we divide by 100
Lesson 3.3 Pittsburgh to Phoenix
A plane traveling at a constant speed flew over Pittsburgh, Saint Louis, Albuquerque, and Phoenix on its way from New York to San Diego.
Complete the table as you answer the questions. Be prepared to explain your reasoning.
 What is the distance between Saint Louis and Albuquerque?
 How many minutes did it take to fly between Albuquerque and Phoenix?
 What is the proportional relationship represented by this table?
 Diego says the constant of proportionality is 550. Andre says the constant of proportionality is 9 1/6. Do you agree with either of them? Explain your reasoning.
Lesson 3 Practice Problems
 Noah is running a portion of a marathon at a constant speed of 6 miles per hour.
Complete the table to predict how long it would take him to run different distances at that speed, and how far he would run in different time intervals.
 One kilometer is 1000 meters.
a. Complete the tables. What is the interpretation of the constant of proportionality in each case?
b. What is the relationship between the two constants of proportionality?
 Jada and Lin are comparing inches and feet. Jada says that the constant of proportionality is 12. Lin says it is 1/12. Do you agree with either of them? Explain your reasoning.
 The area of the Mojave desert is 25,000 square miles. A scale drawing of the Mojave desert has an area of 10 square inches. What is the scale of the map?
 Which of these scales is equivalent to the scale 1 cm to 5 km? Select all that apply.
A. 3 cm to 15 km
B. 1 mm to 150 km
C. 5 cm to 1 km
D. 5 mm to 2.5 km
E. 1 mm to 500 m
 Which one of these pictures is not like the others? Explain what makes it different using ratios.
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