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Fruit Salad

Illustrative MathematicsVaries

The purpose of this task is for students to solve a contextual problem where there is a multiplicative relationship between several quantities in the context. These relationships can either be represented in a ratio table or with a linear equation. Both approaches are valuable and the teacher can link the two by discussing what happens when a variable is used for the number of blueberries in the ratio table. For the algebraic approach, the student is faced with a dilemma: setting the variable equal to the number of cherries leads to a linear equation with fractions while using the number of blueberries as the variable gives a simpler equation.

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