Introduce the Double Number Line Diagram by Mixing Paint.
A double number line diagram uses a pair of parallel number lines to represent equivalent ratios. The locations of the tick marks match on both number lines. The tick marks labeled 0 line up, but the other numbers are usually different.
In this activity, you are going to use the applet below to label a double number line diagram that will represent the paint mixture and equivalent amounts. Click on the icons below the applet to navigate through all the tools that are available to you.
(1.) How many batches are made with 12 cups of red paint?
(2.) How many batches are made with 6 cups of blue paint?
Create Equivalent Ratios.
In this exercise, you are going to answer a few questions based on the following drink mixture:
(1.) How can we tell that 4 : 1 and 12 : 3 are equivalent ratios?
(2.) How are these representations the same? How are these representations different?
(3.) How many teaspoons of drink mix should be used with 3 cups of water?
(4.) How many cups of water should be used with 16 teaspoons of drink mix?
(5.) What numbers should go in the empty boxes on the double number line diagram? What do these numbers mean?
Explore the Double Number Line.
In this activity, you are going to use the applet below to explore the double number line. The default ratio here is 2:5. Just follow the instructions below.