# Thread: If he uses 3:1 ratio of beef to pork, how much pork...?

1. ## If he uses 3:1 ratio of beef to pork, how much pork...?

Mike was to make meatloaf, his recipe uses a total of 6 pounds of meat. If he uses a 3 to 1 ratio of beef to pork, how much pork will he use?

3. Originally Posted by virginia
Mike was to make meatloaf, his recipe uses a total of 6 pounds of meat. If he uses a 3 to 1 ratio of beef to pork, how much pork will he use?
Since you are given the total amount of meat, rather than the amount of beef or pork, convert the given ratio (three parts beef to one part pork) to "(pork) to (total)". Then create the proportion, and solve for the amount of pork.

If you get stuck, please reply showing how far you have gotten. Thank you!

Eliz.

4. ## Pre Algebra

Still unable to solve. Help

5. Color three of the fingers on your left hand red. Color the last one blue. We're not counting thumbs. The ratio of red fingers to blue fingers is 3/1. How many fingers are painted?

6. ## algebra

4 fingers are painted

7. ## algebra

could it be 1 and 1/3

8. Excellent!!!! You found the hole in my presentation. Fingers are counted as whole numbers. Meat is not necessarily weighed only in whole pounds. Generally, a ratio of 3/1 could be...

3 : 1

1 : (1/3)

30 : 10

(9/2) : (3/2)

(3x) : x

6 : 2

...or many, many, many other things.

I left you a couple of hints. The second to last example above probably is the most generally helpful.

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