Direct and Inverse ProportionA selfmarking exercise in three levels on solving direct and inverse variation problems. 
This is level 1; Direct proportion. You can earn a trophy if you get at least 9 correct.
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Level 1  Direct proportion
Level 2  Inverse proportion
Level 3  Mixed nonlinear questions
Unitary Method  Test your understanding of the Unitary Method for solving real life proportion problems with this online, selfmarking quiz.
Exam Style Questions  A collection of problems in the style of GCSE or IB/Alevel exam paper questions (worked solutions are available for Transum subscribers).
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If \(a\) varies directly with \(b\) and \(a=24\) when \(b=8\) find \(a\) when \(b=9\)
$$a \propto b$$ $$a = kb$$Where \(k\) is some constant. If \(a=24\) when \(b=8\) then
$$24 = 8k$$ $$k = 3$$so the equation is
$$a = 3b$$If \(b = 9\) then
$$a = 3 \times 9 = 27$$If \(a\) is inversely proportional to \(b\) and \(a=4\) when \(b=6\) find \(a\) when \(b=8\)
$$a \propto \frac{1}{b}$$ $$a = \frac{k}{b}$$Where \(k\) is some constant. If \(a=4\) when \(b=6\) then
$$4 = \frac{k}{6}$$ $$k = 24$$so the equation is
$$a = \frac{24}{b}$$If \(b = 8\) then
$$a = 24 \div 8 = 3$$If \(a\) is directly proportional to the square of \(b\) and \(a=24\) when \(b=2\) find \(a\) when \(b=3\)
$$a \propto b^2$$ $$a = kb^2$$Where \(k\) is some constant. If \(a=24\) when \(b=2\) then
$$24 = 2^2 \times k$$ $$k = 6$$so the equation is
$$a = 6b^2$$If \(b = 3\) then
$$a = 6 \times 3^2 = 54$$Don't wait until you have finished the exercise before you click on the 'Check' button. Click it often as you work through the questions to see if you are answering them correctly. You can doubleclick the 'Check' button to make it float at the bottom of your screen.
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