Applications Using Direct Variation

Learn how to solve real-world problems modeled by direct variation.

Grades 8 through 9 Material from CK-12

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Graph proportional relationships, interpreting the unit rate as the slope of the graph. Compare two different proportional relationships represented in different ways. For example, compare a distance?time graph to a distance?time equation to determine which of two moving objects has greater speed.


Construct a function to model a linear relationship between two quantities. Determine the rate of change and initial value of the function from a description of a relationship or from two (x, y) values, including reading these from a table or from a graph. Interpret the rate of change and initial value of a linear function in terms of the situation it models, and in terms of its graph or a table of values.