Friday, November 13, 2009


How I Stopped an Alien Invasion using Proportion by Elona Duot
It was a sunny day in the city of Winnipeg. Nothing strange going on, all was normal. A girl named Elona Duot was reading a book in her backyard, until she heard a loud -thud-.
'What was that?' she said. She ran over to the place were the -thud- was.
"Oh my god.." she was so shocked. She had no idea what they were.
"Hello human. I am Smerf. We are from planet Mars. "
"We have come to take ove
r the world!! *evil laugh*"
"Unless.." said the alien. "if you solve 3 proportional
reasoning questions, then we will leave."
Elona smirked. "Easy as pie."
"Alright then, fi
rst question."
"A small gear turns 18 times in the same that a large gear turns 4 times. How many times will the large gear turn if the small gear turns 54 times? Draw a diagram to help set up a proportion and solve the problem."

The large gear will turn 12 times if the small gear turns 54 times.

"Darn" Said the Alien.
"Okay, okay second question."

"Delia was paid $35 for 5 h of babysitting. How much should she receive for 3 h? Use a unit rate to find the answer."

I answered "Delia should receive $21 for 3 h of babysitting."

"Grrr." "And now the final question."

"Look at the pattern. Set up a proportio
n you could use to find the number of small squares in figure 7."

Squares/Figure- 2/1 = 14/7
"There are 14 squares in Figure 7."

"NOO!" said the alien. You are too smart." "But we made a promise, and now we must leave."

Elona was so proud of herself, she decided to eat some ice cream.


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