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### Course: Operations and Algebraic Thinking 222-226 > Unit 1

Lesson 2: Constant of proportionality- Introduction to proportional relationships
- Identifying constant of proportionality graphically
- Constant of proportionality from graph
- Constant of proportionality from graphs
- Identifying the constant of proportionality from equation
- Constant of proportionality from equation
- Constant of proportionality from equations
- Constant of proportionality from tables
- Constant of proportionality from tables
- Constant of proportionality from table (with equations)
- Constant of proportionality from tables (with equations)

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# Identifying constant of proportionality graphically

The video explains the concept of the constant of proportionality in graphs. It shows how to calculate it using the formula Y = KX or Y/X = K, where K is the constant. It also demonstrates how to identify lines with specific constants on a graph.

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- I'm confused at the constant of proportionality(53 votes)
- The constant of proportionality is what determines the relationship between y and x. If r is the constant of proportionality then an example is y = rx . The value of y is dependant on how the given value of x is effected by the constant of proportionality.(51 votes)

- Why did you use a k and not a c to represent constant?(12 votes)
- Nobody knows for sure why. But it is strongly believed that
**k**is used as constant almost everywhere, because the German word for ‘constant’ is ‘konstante’. The first letter of that word is**k**. And the Germans contributed in mathematics hugely since the dawn of it.

While**c**is used for many other tasks and usually is not available.(32 votes)

- why dont i get thisbut everyone else does(24 votes)
- Yeah this looks hard(3 votes)

- what is this? I don’t understand(9 votes)
- The graph of a proportionality relationship is always a straight line through the origin. To find the proportionality constant, pick any point on the line (other than the origin) where you can easily read the coordinates, and divide the y-coordinate by the x-coordinate. Then you might want to check your answer by doing the same calculation with another point on the line (other than the origin).

It probably won’t be long before you start learning about slope (a measure of the steepness of a line). In the graph of any proportionality relationship, the proportionality constant is the slope of the line!

Have a blessed, wonderful day!(27 votes)

- When Sal said y=x, does that mean that any point on the line for y or x, will equal each other?(13 votes)
- Yes. For any point on the line y = x, the x and y of the point will equal each other.(14 votes)

- This makes no sence ahhhh(15 votes)
- I know we normally use y=kx equation but is there a reason to use ky=x instead? Also how would you know when to use each equation?(9 votes)
- we do not use ky=x instead because it is incorrect. But if you mean y/k=x or y/x=k, which is correct, and we sometimes use it because we feel like it and it is another way of solving constant of proportionality.(9 votes)

- This is a little bit confusing, esxpecially the 1st example.(13 votes)
- Can someone help me?

We can calculate E, the amount of euros that has the same value as D U.S. dollars, using the equation E = 17/20 D

How many euros have the same value as 1 U.S. dollar?

How many U.S. dollars have the same value as 1 euro?(9 votes)- According to the formula, 1 dollar is equal to (17∕20) ∙ 1 = 0.85 euros.

Also, multiplying a fraction by its reciprocal gives 1, so in order to get 1 euro we would need 20∕17 ≈ 1.18 dollars(8 votes)

- I dont understand people!

Please help me!(10 votes)

## Video transcript

- We're asked what is the
constant of proportionality between Y and X in the graph? And just as a reminder,
when we're talking about constant of proportionality, it sounds like a very fancy thing, but it's not too bad. If we're thinking about
any X-Y pair on this, on this line, let's say, right over here. We have some X comma Y. If Y is proportionate,
or is proportional to X, then that means we can say that
Y is equal to some constant. Y is equal to some constant times X. And that constant, that is our
constant of proportionality, right over there. Sometimes you'll see this expressed, if you divide both sides by X, sometimes you'll see this as Y over X, is equal to the constant
of proportionality. It shows for any X-Y pair, if
you take your Y divided by X, what do you get? That's the same, same thing. So with that out of the way, see if you can answer their question. What is the constant of proportionality between Y and X in the graph? Well they very clearly give
us a point right over here, this point is the point
three, three comma two. And so we could set it up a few ways. We could say, look when Y is equal to two, X is equal to three, and so
two would need to be equal to some constant of
proportionality times three. And if you wanted to solve for this, you just divide both sides by the three. So divide both sides by three, and you would get your
constant of proportionality is two-thirds. Another way to do it, right over here. Well here, we've kind
of already solved for our constant of proportionality. When Y, or we could say, when X is three, when X is three, Y is equal to two. In either case, our
constant of proportionality is two-thirds. Let's do another example. So here we have which line has
a constant of proportionality between Y and X of five over four. So pause the video and see
if you can figure that out. So the key realization
is we should test points on these lines, we should test X-Y pairs, and say, look if we
take our Y divided by X, do we get five-fourths? Because that would be our
constant of proportionality. So let's first try, let's
try line A right over here. So line A, let me find
a point that sits on it. so that looks like a
point that sits on it. And so if I take, this is
the point two comma five. And so if I took Y divided by X, I would get a constant of
proportionality as five halves. So A is not going to be our answer. We wanna get to a constant
of proportionality of five-fourths. Alright, let's try B. Okay
B, let me find a point on B. Looks like this is a point on B. That is the point four
comma five, four comma five. And so in this situation, K
would be our Y, which is five, divided by our X, which is four. So it looks like B is our choice. For kicks, you could also look at the constant of proportionality
right over here. Now there is one interesting example that I just wanna touch on
before we finish these examples. What about a situation
where Y is equal to X? What is the constant of
proportionality then? And what would it look like as a line? Pause this video and think about it. Well, there's really nothing new here. It's just, you might not really see the constant of proportionality when you see it expressed this way. But Y is equal to X, is the same thing as Y is equal to one times X. And so then it might jump out at you that the constant of proportionality is one in this scenario right over here. Or if you took Y divided by X, Y over... Let me do it in that black color. Or if you took Y over X,
you divided both sides by X, you would be left with the
constant of proportionality, which would be equal to one. And if you wanted to graph it, well it would just look like this. Y would be equal to X, for all X's. So that's what when your
constant of proportionality is one, you would... Those would represent
points on this orange line that I just constructed.