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Unit Rate
How do I know what number goes on top and what number goes on the bottom. For example
3 pounds for \$1.89

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YOu can do it each way:

Both are unit rates, one is lbs/dollar, the other is dollars/lb

rate1= 1.89/3= 93 cents/lb or
rate2= 3/1.89= 1lb/1.57

You use the one depending on the type of problem..

What is the cost of 34 lbs?
cost= rate*lbs= .93dollars/lb *34 lbs
or
What is the amount I can get for 53 dollars
amount= rate*dollars
amount= 1lb/1.58dollars * 53 dollars
=33.5 lbs

So which rate? Examine both, and examine what you are looking for.

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Money goes on top

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