Ratio - math word problems

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  • A large
    two-gears A large gear will be used to turn a smaller gear. The large gear will make 75 revolutions per minute. The smaller gear must make 384 revolutions per minute. Find the smallest number of teeth each gear could have. [Hint: Use either GCF or LCM. ]
  • Pumps
    water_pump Pump that draws water at velocity 3.5 liters per second water from a construction trench take 35 minutes. a) Find out how many minutes the water would run out of the trench pump that draws 7.4 liters of water per second. b) What is the pumping velocity wo
  • Gears
    bicycle_gears_2 The front gear on the bike has 32 teeth and the rear, on the wheel, has 12 teeth. How many times does the rear wheel of the bike turns if you turn the right pedal 30 times? What distance will you go if the circumference of the bicycle wheel is 250 cm?
  • Similar triangles
    triangles_2 The triangles ABC and XYZ are similar. Find the missing lengths of the sides of the triangles. a) a = 5 cm b = 8 cm x = 7.5 cm z = 9 cm b) a = 9 cm c = 12 cm y = 10 cm z = 8 cm c) b = 4 cm c = 8 cm x = 4.5 cm z = 6 cm
  • Tanks
    hasici The fire tank has a cuboid shape with a rectangular floor measuring 13.7 m × 9.8 m. Water depth is 2.4 m. Water was pumped from the tank into barrels with a capacity of 2.7 hl. How many barrels were used if the water level in the tank fallen 5 cm? W
  • Troops
    regiment The route is long 147 km and the first-day first regiment went at an average speed of 12 km/h and journey back 21 km/h. The second day went second regiment the same route at an average speed of 22 km/h there and back. Which regiment will take route longer
  • Sprinter
    Sprinter Sprinter runs the relay 4 x 400 m to the handover at speed 42 km/h. A second runner is at the start of the handover area 20 m long and runs when it is the first sprinter at distance 10 m. Calculate the speed at which the second runner must run in order to
  • Election mathematics
    statny-znak-sr_1 In elections, 12 political parties received this shares of voters: party A 56.2 %party B 8.5 %party C 8.2 %party D 6.2 %party E 6.1 %party F 5.5 %party G 3.2 %party H 2.1 %party I 2 %party J 1 %party K 1 % Calculate what the shares acquired in the parliam
  • Forestry workers
    forestry_workers In the forest is employed 56 laborers planting trees in nurseries. For 8 hour work day would end job in 37 days. After 16 days, 9 laborers go forth? How many days are needed to complete planting trees in nurseries by others if they work 10 hours a day?
  • Sugar production
    cukrrka_1 From 1 ton of beet, 150 kg of sugar is produced. To clean 1 ton of sugar, 450 kg of lime is consumed. Calculate how many kgs of lime is consumed when processing 1 ton of sugar beet?
  • Pipes
    water_pipe The water pipe has a cross-section 1087 cm2. An hour has passed 960 m3 of water. How much water flows through the pipe with cross-section 300 cm2 per 9 hours if water flows the same speed?
  • Youth track
    tunel Youth track from Hronská Dúbrava to Banská Štiavnica which announced cancellation attracted considerable media attention and public opposition, has cost 6.3 euro per capita and revenue 13 cents per capita. Calculate the size of subsidies to a trip group o
  • Tower model
    tower Tower height is 300 meters, weight 8000 tons. How high is the model of the tower weight 1 kg? (State the result in the centimeters). The model is made from exactly the same material as the original no numbers need to be rounded. The result is a three-digi
  • Squares above sides
    pataVysky Two squares are constructed on two sides of the ABC triangle. The square area above the BC side is 25 cm2. The height vc to the side AB is 3 cm long. The heel P of height vc divides the AB side in a 2: 1 ratio. The AC side is longer than the BC side. Calc
  • Similarity coefficient
    triangles In the triangle TMA the length of the sides is t = 5cm, m = 3.5cm, a = 6.2cm. Another similar triangle has side lengths of 6.65 cm, 11.78 cm, 9.5 cm. Determine the similarity coefficient of these triangles and assign similar sides to each other.
  • Profitable bank deposit 2012
    eurocoins Calculate the value of what money lose creditor with a deposit € 9500 for 4 years if the entire duration is interest 2.6% p.a. and tax on interest is 19%. Annual inflation is 3.7% (Calculate what you will lose if you leave money lying idle at negative int
  • Sun rays
    sfinga-a-cheopsova-pyramida-w-4066 If the sun's rays are at an angle 60° then famous Great Pyramid of Egypt (which is now high 137.3 meters) has 79.3 m long shadow. Calculate current height of neighboring chefren pyramid whose shadow is measured at the same time 78.8 m and the current heig
  • Gimli Glider
    gimli_glider Aircraft Boeing 767 lose both engines at 42000 feet. The plane captain maintain optimum gliding conditions. Every minute, lose 1910 feet and maintain constant speed 211 knots. Calculate how long it takes to plane from engine failure to hit the ground. Cal
  • Equilateral cone
    kuzel_rs We pour so much water into a container that has the shape of an equilateral cone, the base of which has a radius r = 6 cm, that one-third of the volume of the cone is filled. How high will the water reach if we turn the cone upside down?
  • Refractive index
    lomSvetla The light passes through the interface between air and glass with a refractive index of 1.5. Find: (a) the angle of refraction if light strikes the interface from the air at an angle of 40°. (b) the angle of refraction when light strikes the glass interfa

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