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4-18.

Leala can write a $500$-word essay in an hour. If she writes an essay in 10 minutes, approximately how many words do you think the essay contains?  Homework Help ✎

Change hours to minutes.

$1$ hour $=60$ minutes

Use proportions to solve the problem. Assign the variable t to represent the unknown number of words.

$\frac{500\text{ words}}{60\text{ minutes}} = \frac{t\text{ words}}{10\text{ minutes}}$

You can simplify the left side of the proportion and make the denominator $10$ by dividing the numerator and denominator by $6$. The numerator will also be the answer.

$83.33$ words (about $83$ words)