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In December of 2003, the average price for a gallon of regular gas in the United States was .

  1. At that time, what did it cost to buy gallons of gas?

    Multiply the cost by the number of gallons to determine what the cost would be.

  2. Is the relationship between number of gallons and cost proportional? Explain.

    Refer to the Math Notes box in Lesson 1.1.2.

    Since the cost increases as the number of gallons purchased increases, the relationship between number of gallons and cost is proportional.

  3. Gerald paid for a tank of gas. How many gallons did he buy?

    This is the reverse of part (a). You know what the cost is, so divide the final price by the cost per gallon.

  1. At right is a graph of this situation. Predict how the line would change to represent the average cost of gas in December of 2005, when gas cost per gallon on average.

    The line would get steeper.

This graph is in the first quadrant.  The x axis displays Gallons of gas.  The y axis displays the Cost of gas in dollars. The graph is a straight line starting at (0, comma 0) going upward and passing through (8, comma 12).