Solving Inverse Variation Problems – Practice Problems

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If y varies inversely as x, and y = 32 when x = 3, find x when y = 15.
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The frequency of a vibrating guitar string varies inversely as its length. Suppose a guitar string 0.65 meters long vibrates 4.3 times per second. What frequency would a string 0.5 meters long have?
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If r varies inversely as the cube of s, and r = 17 when s = 3, find r when s = 2.
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If g varies inversely as the square root of h, and g = 9 when h = 121, find g when h = 81.
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The current in a simple electrical circuit is inversely proportional to the resistance. If the current is 80 amps when the resistance is 50 ohms, find the current when the resistance is 22 ohms.
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The intensity of light produced by a light source varies inversely as the square of the distance from the source. If the intensity of light produced 3 feet from a light source is 750 foot-candles, find the intensity of light produced 5 feet from the same source.
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