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The distance between 2 towns on a map is 2.5 inches. The actual distance is 35 miles. What is the scale?

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  1. 2.5 / 35 = 1 / x

    Cross multiply and solve for x.

  2. one inch is 35 miles / 2.5 inches = 14 miles / inch

    one mile = 5280 ft/mile * 12 in/ft
    = 63360 inches
    14 miles = 14*63360 = 887040 inches
    so 1 inch on the map is 887,040 inches on the ground
    887,040/1

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