<p>If it is then here goes:
Does it matter what order you put ratios and proportions in? For example:
The weight of the tea in a box of 100 identical tea bags is 8 ounces. What is the weight, in ounces, of the tea in 3 tea bags? </p>

<p>Here is the provided solution to the problem:
x/8=3/100</p>

<p>100x=24</p>

<p>x=.24</p>

<p>Here is my solution to the problem:
100/8=3/x (100 tea bags is 8 ounces)=(3 tea bags is x ounces)</p>

<p>100x=24</p>

<p>x=.24
I mean, why would they give the solution they provided?? Doesn't my solution prove to be easier. If 100 is 8 ounces, then 3 bags is x ounces. </p>

<p>Which method is correctly used? Does my method work for any type of proportion problem? It seems to me that both of these are the same, just differently set up and thought about. </p>

<p>Does it matter what order you put your ratio in? as long as the order is consistent throughout the problem? I just want to get this straight because a lot of my answers do not match up with solutions but have the same answer. Which method should I use? What method would you use?</p>

<p>This will definitely help me out in the future, especially for the SAT. Thanks!!</p>

<p>I solve it way your book did because I always set the ratio by the order they give you (since 100 and 8 are mentioned first, that's how I set them). But it really doesn't matter as long as you match them up right.</p>

<p>I wouldn't try to do book method if you're better off using your own. You might just get confused and screwed or something.</p>

<p>I think order doesn't matter as long as it's consistent. The books solution is not always the only solution to a problem, it depends on what works better/is easier for you. I usually use the book's method for pretty much the same reason as grayfalcon89. It might help to understand the book's method. Try it if you understand it and think it could potentially be faster than your usual way of going through the problem and have a decent amount of study time before test day incase it doesnt work. :D</p>

<p>By the way, how should I write down the big huge numbers when taking a test of any kind?? Should I write like that guy: 10E3=10E7 or 1x10^4=1x10^8or what?? Or should I just write out the entire number because that will make it easier to cross zeros out. Keep in mind that calculators are permitted on this test. Which will be faster and will not confused you in any way? Advice please? Thanks!</p>

<p>write down big huge numbers as answers or... work or something? I don't remember any free response answer for SAT math to excede 4 digits as a completley whole number... If it's a long decimal, then either write it as a fraction or fill in as much as you can. if calculaters are permitted then use the calculator since you say it's easier. Spending time to write down zeros might waste alot of time that could be spent on harder problems later on.SAT ppl never check your work. Different tests might prefer different things... but i think as long as you have the right number down in any form, they really cant penalize you for anything.... hope that helps :D</p>

<p>Okay, I hate how collegeboard produces big huge numbers and weird symbols to confuse you. You can make a mistake easily by entering the wrong number/writing it down. =/ Thanks!</p>

<p>thats true... don't think i can really even start to count how many times that happened to me... ugh. but with lots of practice you should be able to get the hang of it :D</p>

<p>Alrighty! yeah I gotta find the most efficient way of solving these problems. I have only just recieved the BB and it is like a charm. I love the problems, just not the solutions! Most don't even have any. =[ They should make a BB with solutiosn so you don't have to go around asking for help.</p>