DIRECT AND INVERSE PROPORTION QUESTIONS

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Direct and inverse proportion questions :

Here we are going to see example problems of direct and inverse proportion.

What is direct proportion ?

An increase in one quantity produces a proportionate increase in another quantity, then the quantities are said to be in direct variation.  

or

If a decrease in one quantity produces a proportionate decrease in another quantity, then the quantities are said to be in direct variation.  

Change in both the quantities must be same. 

That is, 

Increase ---------------> Increase 

or

Decrease ---------------> Decrease 

What is inverse proportion

An increase in one quantity produces a proportionate decrease in another quantity, then the quantities are said to be in direct variation.  

or

If a decrease in one quantity produces proportionate  increase in another quantity, then the quantities are said to be in direct variation.  

Change in the two quantities must be in different ways. 

That is, 

Increase ---------------> Decrease 

or

Decrease ---------------> Increase 

Direct and inverse proportion questions

Example 1 :

Alex  takes 15 days to reduce 30 kilograms of his weight by doing 30 minutes exercise per day. If he does exercise for 1 hour 30 minutes per day, how many days will he take to reduce the same weight ?

Solution :

This is a situation of inverse variation.

Because,

more minutes per day----> less days to reduce the weight

And also

1 hour 30 minutes per day  =  90 minutes per day

Let "m" be the required number of days.

No. of Days

15

m

No. of Minutes

30

90

Since this is inverse variation, we have to apply the shortcut "straight multiplication"

15  30  =  m  90

(15  30) / 90  =  m

5  =  m

Hence, if Alex does exercise for 1 hour 30 minutes per day, it will take 5 days to reduce 30 kilograms of weight.

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Example 2 :

Shanel gets 2/ 5 of a dollar for 1/7 hour of work. How much money does she get for 3 hours ? 

Solution : 

This is a situation of direct variation.

Because,

more hours -----> more earning 

No. of Hours

1/7

3

Dollars

2/5

m

Since this is direct variation, we have to apply the shortcut "cross multiplication"

1/7  m  =  3  2/5

m  =  7  6/5

m  =   42 / 5

m  =  8.4

Hence, Shanel gets $8.4 for 3 hours of work.

Example 3 :

If 5 men can paint a house in 18 hours, how many men will be able to paint it in 10 hours ?

Solution : 

This is a situation of inverse variation.

Because,

less hours  -----> more men 

Let "m" be the required number of men.

No. of Men

5

m

No. of Hours

18

10

Since this is inverse variation, we have to apply the shortcut "straight multiplication"

 18  =  m  10

90 / 10  =  m

9  =  m

Hence, 9 men will be able to paint the house in 10 hours.

Example 4 :

In a fort, 360 men have provisions for 21 days. If 60 more men join them, how long will the provision last ?

Solution : 

This is a situation of inversion  variation.

Because,

more men -----> provision will last for less days

Given : 360 men -----> 21 days

If 60 more men join, then

the total number of men  =  420

Let "m" be the required number of days.

No. of Men

360

420

No. of Days

21

m

Since this is inverse variation, we have to apply the shortcut "straight multiplication"

360  21  =  420  m

(360  21) / 420  =  m

18  =  m

Hence, if 60 more men join, provision will last for 18 days.

Example 5 : 

John ordered 330 units of a product for $495. Then he reduced his order to 270 units. How much money does John have to pay for 270 units ?

Solution : 

This is a situation of direct variation.

Because,

less units -----> less cost 

Let "m" be the required amount of money

No. of Units

330

270

Money

495

m

Since this is direct variation, we have to apply the shortcut "cross multiplication"

330  m  =  270  495

m  =  (270  495) / 330

m  =  405

Hence, John has to pay $405 for 270 units.

Example 6 :

A man can type 9 pages of a book everyday and completes it in 50 days. How many days will he take to complete it, if he types 15 pages everyday ? 

Solution : 

This is a situation of inverse variation.

Because,

more pages per day-----> less days to complete the book

Let "m" be the required number of days

No. of Days

50

m

No. of Pages

9

15

Since this is inverse variation, we have to apply the shortcut "straight multiplication"

50  9  =  m  15

450 / 15  =  m

30  =  m

Hence, the man will complete the book in 30 days, if he types 15 pages per day. 

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