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Tap into the competitive nature of teenagers as your class practices setting up and solving rational equations. This activity starts with a specific ratio of games won to games played, then asks how many more games must be played to improve that record. Stretch problems include explaining why (or why not) the winning percentage could reach 100% and working with a winning streak followed by a losing streak. Skills incorporated in this brief activity include changing percents to decimals, cross products, translating verbal problems to algebraic equations or inequalities.

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