# Two cities are separated by 3 inches on a map. The actual distance between the cities is 60 miles. What is the scale of the map?

Dec 7, 2016

The scale is 1 inch = 20 miles

#### Explanation:

We can state this problem as:

60 miles : 3 inches as x miles : 1 inch

Writing as an equation and solving for $x$ gives:

$\frac{60}{3} = \frac{x}{1}$

$20 = x$

So the scale is 1 inch = 20 miles