victor has the map scale missing.he knows the distance from the lake to the youth center is 8 miles. on the map they are 2in. apart. what is the scale for victors map

Accepted Solution

The correct scale is 1 in = 4 mi.


The scale tells us what a given measurement on the map equals in real-life distance.  

The measurement on the map that we have is 2 inches, and it equals 8 miles:

2 in = 8 mi

This can also be written as 2/8.  This fraction can be simplified, since both 2 and 8 are divisible by 2; it will simplify to 1/4.  This is the same as 
1 in = 4 mi.