Digits, Grade 8, Volume 1, Homework Helper

2-4: Unit Rates and Slope

Key Concept

A rate is a ratio that describes how one quantity changes as the other quantity changes.

You can find a unit rate from a graph in the same way that you find slope.

Choose two points on the graph to find the slope. Use the points (0, 2) and (3, 6).

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A graph.

The slope of the line is 4 thirds . The slope can be interpreted as a rate or a unit rate.

The plant grew at a rate of fraction 4 in . , over 3weeks end fraction . or , 4 thirds in. per week.

Part 1

Example Finding Unit Rates from Graphs

The graph shows the amount of milk used to make a particular cheddar cheese. How many ounces of cheese can you make per gallon of milk?

A graph.


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