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Wow, this module gave me lots to think about! I remember learning to crossmultiply in high school and never really understanding how a fraction could also be a ratio. And I never understood why we were making graphs of algebraic equations! I’ve only recently understood that the line on a graph is depicting the relationship between x and y, ad infinitum. Seeing all the relationships laid out in this module was really helpful, both up and down the ratio table as well as across. I teach grades 36 math, so some of this material is where my students are heading, not what I will be teaching them. But is it ever helpful to better understand how patterning and ratio tables are leading to the constant of proportionality and functional reasoning.
I think that when a rate is not going to be expressed in whole numbers, a ratio might be a better way to go. With the rice example a rate of 2 water per 1 rice is easy to understand, but if the ratio were 3:2, giving a rate of 1.5 per 1, in some contexts that might not make sense (people with brown eyes:people with blue eyes for example).