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Unitary Method

Test your understanding of the Unitary Method for solving real life proportion problems with this online, self-marking quiz.

Level 1 Level 2 Proportion Exam-Style Description Help Ratio

This is level 1: calculations that can be done without a calculator You can earn a trophy if you get at least 7 questions correct.

If two bicycle lamps cost £6 how much would five lamps cost?

Bicycle Lamp

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pounds Correct Wrong
If 160g of pumpkin can make enough soup for two people, what weight of pumpkin is needed to make soup for five people?

Pumpkin

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g Correct Wrong
If five tins of paint are enough for thirty doors, how many doors would eight tins of paint cover?

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doors Correct Wrong
A student can jog 5km in 15 minutes. At the same speed how long would it take him to jog 4km?

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minutes Correct Wrong
A student can swim seven lengths in 21 minutes. At the same speed how long would it take her to swim four lengths?

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minutes Correct Wrong
A recipe for samosas requires 350g of flour for seven samosas. How much flour will be needed for three samosas?

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g Correct Wrong
Two carpenters are buying wood to make some shelves. If 40m of wood is needed for eight shelves how much wood do they need for three shelves? Assume all of the shelves are the same length and width.

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m Correct Wrong
The song "Out of Reach" is put on repeat play. If twelve plays of the track last 42 minutes how many minutes would ten plays take?

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minutes Correct Wrong
Given the information in the previous question, how many times would the track have to be repeated to last three and a half hours?

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times Correct Wrong
Each time this page is refreshed you will get slightly different questions although it should take about the same amount of time to answer all ten questions. If a student refreshed and answered all the questions on this page 9 times in 27 minutes. How many minutes would it take to complete 8 versions of this page assuming the student did not get any faster with practice?

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minutes Correct Wrong
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Level 1 - Calculations that can be done without a calculator.

Level 2 - Calculations requiring written working and the use of a calculator.

Proportion Direct and inverse proportion questions.

Exam Style questions are in the style of GCSE or IB/A-level exam paper questions and worked solutions are available for Transum subscribers.

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These problems can be solved using the unitary method. This is a technique in mathematics for solving particular types of problems. It involves scaling down one of the variables to a single unit, i.e. 1, and then performing the operation necessary to alter it to the desired value.

For example if six coins weigh 66g. What would seventeen coins weigh?

Coin Coin Coin
Coin Coin Coin

Consider the weight of one coin first

1 coin weighs 11g  (66 ÷ 6)

Now it is easy to calculate the cost of seventeen coins

17 coins weigh 187g (17 x 11)

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