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## 7th grade

### Course: 7th grade > Unit 8

Lesson 2: Scale drawings- Scale drawings
- Scale drawing: centimeters to kilometers
- Scale drawings
- Interpreting a scale drawing
- Scale drawing word problems
- Creating scale drawings
- Making a scale drawing
- Construct scale drawings
- Scale factors and area
- Solving a scale drawing word problem
- Relate scale drawings to area

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# Scale factors and area

Sal explore how scale factor affects the area of a scaled figure.

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- "Polygon Y has an area of 11 square units. Celia drew a scaled version of Polygon Y using a scale factor of 3 and labeled it Polygon Z" is my question. I watched the 2 examples in this video but I am, still not sure how to solve this question. Can somebody please help me?(34 votes)
- The scale factor of 3 means that it is 3 times as long in all dimensions. Since the polygon is a 2d shape, the area of polygon Z will be 9 times as large as the area of polygon Y because 3*3=9 and there are 2 dimensions of the polygon.(26 votes)

- How do you find the actual area from a scale factor area?(12 votes)
- You multiply the area by the scale factor twice.

Here is an example: if we have a rectangle that has a length 3 and a height of 4 and the scale drawing with a scale factor of 2, how many times bigger is the scale drawings area?

The original shape is 3 by 4 so we multiply those to find the area of 12 square units.

The new shape has length of 3x2 (3 x the scale factor) and height of 4x2 (4 x the scale factor). The dimensions of our scale drawing are 6 by 8 which gives us an area of 48 square units. Notice when we found the new dimensions we multiplied the 3 and 4 EACH by the scale factor. So the new area could be found 3 x 4 x scale factor x scale factor.

48/12 = 4 which is the scale factor times the scale factor

with a scale factor of 3

3x4 = 12 units squared

9x12 = 108 units squared

3x4x3x3 = 108 units squared

108/12 = 9 (scale factor x scale factor)(21 votes)

- I am working with a triangle, and he does not include that in this video.(8 votes)
- The same concept applies to any two-dimensional shape.

For example, if you had a triangle with a base measuring 6 units, and a height measuring 3 units, the area would be 9 square units.

If we scale it by 1/3, the triangle's base is 2 units, the height is 1 unit, and the area is 1 square unit.

The dimensions were scaled by 1/3, but the area was scaled by 1/9 (1/3 * 1/3).

Hope this helps!(12 votes)

- Okay so is the scale factor 9 or 3??(5 votes)
- The scale factor is 3. The 9 is the number that the area increased by, which is the scale factor squared. I hope that helps! Please upvote if it does!(10 votes)

*I'm 13 seconds in to the video and I dont even wanna keep going it looks so confusing*🤯(7 votes)- What do you need help with? Once you get some practice in it won't be so confusing, trust me :D(6 votes)

- The first problem was about an arbitrary polygon, not a rectangle. How do you prove that the area changes in proportion to the square of the scaling factor for an arbitrary polygon?(5 votes)
- You may not be able to "prove" it for all figures, but you could for regular polygons which you could find the area of, or you could break down a polygon into simpler figures of triangles and quadrilaterals that you could find the area of, and show that each part would be proportional, then adding all the parts together will show the same proportionality.(6 votes)

- Hi, I have a question for everybody to make that I might not understand...in the part of the video:1:46

x1/2 and we turned it in to 4 units to the bottom why is it 4 units? I did not quiet understand. (yes, you can ask me if that did not make sense.To you I´ll always be checking for questions and corrections!)

-Keep up the great work Khan academy you´r doing wonder full!(7 votes) - how would i get the answer to this problem?

Students are painting the backdrop for the school play. The backdrop is 15 feet wide and 10 feet high. Every 16 inches on the scale drawing represents 5 feet on the backdrop. What is the area of the scale drawing?(5 votes)- Divide the width(15 feet) and the height(10 feet) by 5 feet, you should get 3 and 2.

Multiply that by 16 inches.

You should get 48 and 32(4 votes)

- what if that 1/2 is a whole number like mine is 5(6 votes)
- What is yours but is mostly used by others?

(this is a riddle, guys don't overthink it answer at 3 guesses)(4 votes)

## Video transcript

- [Instructor] We're told that Polygon Q is a scaled copy of Polygon P using a scale factor of one half. Polygon Q's area is what
fraction of Polygon P's area? Pause this video and see
if you can figure that out. Alright, my brain wants to
make this a little bit tangible and once we get some
practice, you might be able to do it without drawing pictures but they're saying some
arbitrary Polygon Q and P so let's just make a simple one. Since we're talking about
area, I like to deal with rectangles since it's easy to think about areas of rectangles. And so, let's see, Polygon Q
is a scaled copy of Polygon P. So let's start with Polygon P. And I will do this in red. So Polygon P, let's just say, I'm just gonna create
an arbitrary polygon. So let's say that this is, and I'm gonna scale it by one half so I'm gonna make its sides
have nice even numbers. So let's say this side
right over here is four and this side right over
here is equal to eight, this is Polygon P right over
here, it's a quadrilateral, it's in fact a rectangle and its area is just going
to be four times eight which is 32. Now let's create Polygon Q, and remember, Polygon Q is a scaled copy of P using a scale factor of one half. So we're gonna scale it by one half. So instead of this side being
four, it's going to be two and instead of this side
over here being eight, the corresponding side
in the scaled version is going to be four. So there you go, we've
scaled it by one half, and now what is our area going to be? Well our area, and this Polygon Q, and so our area is going
to be two times four which is equal to eight. So notice that Polygon
Q's area is one fourth of Polygon P's area and that makes sense because when you scale the dimensions of the Polygon by one half,
the area is going to change by the square of that. One half squared is one fourth and so the area has been changed
by a factor of one fourth or another way to answer this question, Polygon Q's area is what
fraction of Polygon P's area? Well it's going to be one
fourth of Polygon P's area. And the big takeaway here
is if you scale something, if you scale the sides of
a figure by one half each, then the area is going
to be the square of that and so one half squared is one over four. If it was scaled by one third, then the area would be scaled, or the area would be one ninth. If it was scaled by a factor of two, then our area would have
grown by a factor of four. Let's do another example. Here we're told, Rectangle N has an area of five square units. Let me do this in a different color. So Rectangle N has an
area of five square units. James drew a scaled version of Rectangle N and labeled it Rectangle P. So they have that right over here. This is a scaled version of Rectangle N. What scale factor did James use to go from Rectangle N to Rectangle P? So let's think about it. They gave us Rectangle P right over here, and let's think about its dimensions. This height is one,
two, three, four, five, it's five high, and it
is, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine wide, and so its area is equal to 45. Now, Rectangle N had an
area of five square units. So our area, let me write this down, so N area to P area, N area to P area, we are
multiplying by a factor of nine. If we're going from an
area of five square units to 45 square units, you
notice N area is five, N's area is five square units, P's area, we just figured out is 45 square units, and so we have it growing
by a factor of nine. Now what would be the
scale factor if our area grew by a factor of nine? Well we just talked about
the idea that area will grow, the factor with which area grows is the square of the scale factor. So one way to think
about it is scale factor, scale factor squared is going to be equal to nine, or another way to think about it, our scale factor is going
to be equal to three to go from N to P. Now let's verify that we
answered their question but I just want us to feel good about it. Let's draw a rectangle
that is scaled down from P by a factor of three. So a rectangle if we were to scale it up by a factor of three, we get rectangle P. So its bottom would have
length three instead of nine. So it'd be like this. So that would be three, and its height instead of being five,
it would be five thirds. Five thirds is one and two thirds, so it'd go about that high, it would look something like that. It would be five thirds. And so our Rectangle N would look like this,
and what is its area? Well five thirds times three
is indeed five square units. So notice, when we have the area growing by a factor of nine, the
scale factor of the size to go from five thirds to
five, you multiply by three. To go from three to nine,
you multiply by three.