Direct rule of three and rule of three inverse. Exercises resolved.

Next we are going to explain step by step how to make a direct rule of three and an inverse rule of three, with exercises solved step by step

Directly proportional values. Direct proportionality.

Two values are directly proportional when:

  • As one value increases, the other increases in the same proportion.
  • As one value decreases, the other decreases in the same proportion.

Whenever this happens, we speak of direct proportionality.

The proportion with which the value increases or decreases is constant. This constant is called direct proportionality ratio.

Let’s look at some examples of direct proportionality:

  • A car takes 1 hour to travel 100 km. If it is 2 hours, it will cover 200 km.
    • Time and distance travelled are two directly proportional magnitudes, because if time increases, the distance travelled increases and if time decreases, the distance travelled decreases.
  • 1 kilo of lemons costs 1 euro.  3 kilos of lemons will cost 3 euros
    • The weight of the lemons and the price are two directly proportional magnitudes, because if the weight increases the price increases and if the weight decreases, the price decreases.

What is the direct rule of three and when is it used

The direct rule of three is a method for calculating an unknown value that is directly proportional to another value we know.

It is used when the magnitudes we are dealing with are directly proportional, that is, they have the following relationship:

  • If one magnitude increases, the other also increases in the same proportion
  • If one magnitude decreases, the other also decreases in the same proportion.

It is also used to change units (from meters to kilometers, from minutes to hours…) or to calculate percentages.

How to make a direct rule of three step by step

If for a value A of one magnitude, we have a value B of the other magnitude, for a value of C of the first magnitude, the second magnitude will have a value of X:

regla de tres directa

What is the value of that X?

In a direct rule of three, the X is calculated by multiplying the two values that are in the diagonal where the X is not, divided by the value that is in the same diagonal as the X. To remind us, it is said that X is solved in cross:

ejercicios de regla de tres directa

The formula to calculate the x is:

regla de tres directa ejercicios resueltos

Solved problems of direct rule of three

To solve rule of three problems, we must always work with the same units between the two magnitudes. One of the difficulties that there can be is to pass everything to the same unit

If 3 kilos of oranges cost $4.00, how many kilos of oranges can you buy with $32.00?

For more kilos, more money, then you have to use a direct rule of three:

regla de 3 directa

regla de 3 directa ejemplos

A motorcycle travels 30 km in 15 minutes, how many kilometers will it travel in 2 hours?

For more time, more distance, so you have to use a direct rule of three.

Here you have to pass all the time in minutes. To pass the hours to minutes we can use another rule of three direct :

ejemplos de la regla de tres directa

 

ejercicios resueltos de regla de tres directa

Now let’s go with the problem:

regla de tres directa ejemplos resueltos

regla de tres paso a paso

If 50% of an amount is 60, how much is 25% of that same amount? What is the amount?

The less the percentage the less the amount, so you have to use a direct rule of three.

Let’s calculate 25%:

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regla de tres directamente proporcional

To calculate the amount, we must calculate 100%:

proporcionalidad directa regla de tres

ejemplo de regla de tres directa

A worker earns $60 in 1 day, how much will he earn in a month?

The more days, the more money, then you have to use a direct rule of three.

We consider that a month has 30 days.

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regla de tres directa problemas

Now we continue with the inverse three rule. How is it done?

But first you have to understand that they are inversely proportional values.

Inversely proportional values. Inverse proportionality.

Two values are inversely proportional when:

  • As one value increases, the other decreases in the same proportion
  • When one value decreases, the other increases in the same proportion

Whenever this happens, we speak of inverse proportionality.

The proportion with which the value increases or decreases is constant. This constant is called inverse proportionality ratio.

Let’s look at some examples of inverse proportionality:

  • 3 workers take 4 hours to open a ditch. If you want to open it in less time, you will need more workers.
    • The number of workers and the time to open the ditch are two inversely proportional magnitudes, because if the number of workers increases, the time decreases and if the number of workers decreases, the time increases.
  • A bus takes 1 hour to finish its journey at a speed of 80 km/h. If you increase the speed to 100 km/h, it will take less time.
    • The time taken by the bus and the speed are two inversely proportional magnitudes, because if the speed increases, the time taken decreases and if the speed decreases, the time taken increases.

What is the inverse three rule and when is it used

The inverse rule of three is a method for calculating an unknown value that is inversely proportional to another value we know.

It is used when the magnitudes we are dealing with are inversely proportional, that is, they have the following relationship:

  • If one magnitude increases, the other decreases in the same proportion
  • If one magnitude decreases, the other increases in the same proportion

How to Make a Inverse Three Rule Step by Step

If for a value A of one magnitude, we have a value B of the other magnitude, for a value of C of the first magnitude, the second magnitude will have a value of X:

regla de tres inversa ejercicios resueltos

What is the value of that X?

In an inverse rule of three, X is calculated by multiplying the two values that are on the line where X is not, divided by the value that is on the same line as X. To remind us, it is said that X is solved in line (unlike the direct rule three which is a cross):

regla de tres inversa

The formula to calculate the x is:
ejercicios de regla de tres inversa

Resolved exercises of inverse rule of three

To solve rule of three problems, we must always work with the same units between the two magnitudes. One of the difficulties that there can be is to pass everything to the same unit

10 workers take 2 months to build a house. How many days would it take 15 workers?

The more workers, the less time they will take, then you have to use an inverse rule of three.

First of all we have to pass the months to days, by means of a direct rule of three:

problemas de regla de tres inversa

ejemplos de regla de tres inversa

And now we work with the data of the problem in days, which is what they ask us:

regla de tres inversa ejercicios

regla de tres inversa ejemplos

1 tap with a certain flow takes 30 minutes to fill a tank. How many minutes would it take to fill the tank with 3 taps with the same flow?

The more taps (or more flow) the less time, then you have to use an inverse rule of three:

ejercicios de regla de tres inversa resueltos

ejemplos de regla de tres inversa

A bus takes 1 hour to finish its journey at a speed of 80 km/h. If the speed increases to 100 km/h, how long will it take to finish the journey?

The faster you speed, the less time you take, then you have to use an inverse rule of three:

regla de tres inversa ejemplos resueltos

regla de 3 inversa

If we want to know the time in minutes, we use a direct rule of three:

regla de 3 inversa ejemplos

regla de 3 inversa ejercicios resueltos

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