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## #1 2012-10-01 08:20:22

zee-f
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### scale factor help

Find the scale factor of each if the polygons are proportional

A = 7, 7, 21, 23 B = 28.7, 28.7, 86.1, 94.3

I choose A and I am still kind of confused because I divided 7/28.7 and got 0.2439024 in the calculator but when I did it I got 4.1

A  Prop, s.f. = 0.244
B  Prop, s.f. = 0.215
C  Prop, s.f. = 0.284
D  Prop, s.f. = 0.297
E   Prop, s.f. = 0.236
F   Prop, s.f. = 0.212

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## #2 2012-10-01 08:22:58

bobbym
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### Re: scale factor help

Hi;

I divided 7/28.7 and got 0.2439024 in the calculator but when I did it I got 4.1

You went backwards on that calculation with the calculator?

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## #3 2012-10-01 08:27:22

bob bundy
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### Re: scale factor help

It just depends on whether you do (A divided by B) or (B divided by A).

If the second shape has got smaller you want a fraction for the scale factor and if it has got bigger you want a number over 1.

Yet it seems your course teachers have this back to front ???

Bob

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## #4 2012-10-01 08:51:40

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### Re: scale factor help

A = 7, 7, 21, 23 B = 28.7, 28.7, 86.1, 94.3

I got A as correct but like I rounded 0.2439 to 2440 is that a correct option? or is there another way to get the answer.

A  Prop, s.f. = 0.244
B  Prop, s.f. = 0.215
C  Prop, s.f. = 0.284
D  Prop, s.f. = 0.297
E   Prop, s.f. = 0.236
F   Prop, s.f. = 0.212

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## #5 2012-10-01 08:56:45

bobbym
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### Re: scale factor help

Hi;

That is what I got too. Did you check it?

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## #6 2012-10-01 09:03:34

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### Re: scale factor help

28.7 x 0.244= 7.0028 so I ignore the 0028? right

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## #7 2012-10-01 09:07:34

bobbym
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### Re: scale factor help

Hi;

Not necessary.

.2439 can be rounded to .244. That is why I like A.

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## #8 2012-10-01 09:14:36

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### Re: scale factor help

I answered 5-D 8-D 9-E 10-B and they were all incorrect So I revised it and here is what I got wondering if it is correct

5. A because 9/41.4 gives me 0.2173913

but when I check it its wrong

5. A = 9, 10, 16, 19  B = 41.4, 46, 73.6, 87.4
A Prop, s.f. = 0.217
B Prop, s.f. = 0.318
C Prop, s.f. = 0.421
D Not prop
E Prop, s.f. = 0.294
F Prop, s.f. = 0.721

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## #9 2012-10-01 09:20:04

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### Re: scale factor help

41.4 divided by 9 gives be 4.6 and when I check it it is correct why do they give us such weird decimal confusing numbers it confuses me and it gets annoying

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## #10 2012-10-01 09:20:29

bobbym
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### Re: scale factor help

I like D.

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## #11 2012-10-01 09:31:33

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### Re: scale factor help

me 2 but I got D as incorrect

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## #12 2012-10-01 09:33:59

bobbym
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### Re: scale factor help

What did they say the answer was? It really should be A.

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## #13 2012-10-01 18:45:37

bob bundy
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### Re: scale factor help

hi zee-f

You may use the evidence below.

Bob

ps.

41.4 divided by 9 gives be 4.6 and when I check it it is correct why do they give us such weird decimal confusing numbers it confuses me and it gets annoying

Yes, you are right.  If shape A is transformed into B using a scale factor the correct way to compute the sf is to calculate B/A.

I don't know why they have this back to front, but you can get their answers by doing A/B so it looks like you'll have to live with this.  Just be prepared to do it properly when you meet scale factors elsewhere!

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## #14 2012-10-03 08:41:36

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### Re: scale factor help

It turned out to be  .217 as a correct answer

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## #15 2012-10-03 08:43:47

bobbym
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### Re: scale factor help

Kaboobly doo! Oh wait, I liked A too. Brilliant answer then.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess.

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