unit rate

Definition of Unit Rate

  • Unit Rate is the ratio of two measurements in which the second term is 1.

More about Unit Rate

  • The two measurements involved for which ratio are taken in unit rate is always different.

Example of Unit Rate

  • If Nancy earns $180 in 20 hours, then unit rate of her earning is given as $9 per hour.

Solved Example on Unit Rate

William can pack 60 toys in 4 hours. Find the unit rate with which he packs toys.
A. 16 toys/hour
B. 15 toys/hour
C. 14 toys/hour
D. 13 toys/hour
Correct Answer: B
Step 1: Unit rate is a ratio of different units of measurement with the second term being equal to 1.
Step 2: So, Unit Rate = toys/hours =
Step 3: = [Divide both the numerator and the denominator by the denominator.]
Step 4: = = 15 [Simplify.]
Step 5: So, William can pack 15 toys/hour.

Related Terms for Unit Rate

  • Denominator
  • Equivalent Ratios
  • Measure
  • Numerator
  • Ratio
  • Unit of Measurement