A proportion is a set of 2 fractions that equal each other. This article focuses on how to use proportions to solve cooking problems, especially when the numbers are not friendly. But first, let's start with an easy problem.
Let's say you are cooking rice to serve exactly 3 people. The recipe calls for 2 cups of water and 1 cup of dry rice. However, you found out that there are 12 guests coming. How would the recipe change?
If you’ve ever made rice, you know that this ratio — 1 part dry rice and 2 parts water — is important. Mess it up, and your rice will become soggy or something else.
Because you are quadrupling your guest list (3 people * 4 = 12 people), you must quadruple your recipe. Cook 8 cups of water and 4 cups of dry rice. This demonstrates how you can use ration to solve proportion problems in real life.
What happens when the numbers are not so friendly? Let's say you are throwing a party for 25 people. How much water do you need?
We know that the ratio of 2 parts water and 1 part dry rice is critical and applies to cooking 25 servings of rice as well. But how do we do it now that 25 is not divisible by 2?
We need algebra to solve this problem.
Let's start with what you know:
Cross-multiplying the above equation, we get:
Ans: 16.6667 cups of water.
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