Unit Rate Word Problems Worksheets

About These 15 Worksheets

Have you ever heard someone say, “A car can travel 30 miles per gallon of gas” or “I read 50 pages in 2 hours”? These statements are examples of unit rates. A unit rate is a rate where the second quantity is one unit, like “per gallon” or “per hour.”

Our unit rate word problem worksheets are a collection of problems that ask you to find these rates. They challenge you to apply your mathematical knowledge to figure out how much of something occurs for a single unit of another thing.

Understanding the process required by these essential tools to understand and compare different rates and make informed decisions in various life situations. These problems allow students to relate math to their daily activities, reinforcing the idea that math isn’t just a school subject – it’s a life skill. By practicing and mastering these problems, you’ll be more equipped to navigate the real world, be it shopping, traveling, or any of the myriad situations where unit rates come into play. So, the next time you’re at the store or planning a trip, remember your unit rates, and you’ll be a math champ in no time!

Types of Problems on these Worksheets

Speed or Velocity – Problems that involve distance traveled in a certain amount of time, like miles per hour or kilometers per hour.

Cost per Item – Questions about the price of a single item when given a bulk amount.

Earnings – This could be money earned per hour or per day.

Density – These problems might ask about the weight of an object per volume, like grams per cubic centimeter.

Conversion Rates – Converting one unit to another, like changing kilometers to miles.

Efficiency – Such as how much electricity an appliance uses per hour.

Why is this Skill Important?

Real-World Connection – Almost every purchase, activity, or decision involves some form of rate. Understanding unit rates helps you make informed choices.

Critical Thinking – Unit rate problems challenge you to think critically, improving your analytical skills and problem-solving capabilities.

Math Foundation – Grasping the concept of unit rates builds a strong foundation for more advanced math topics, especially ratios and proportions.

Using Unit Rates in Daily Life

Shopping – Comparing prices at the grocery store. If one brand offers 3 apples for $2 and another gives 5 apples for $3, which is cheaper per apple?

Travel – Calculating how long a journey will take if you know your average speed.

Budgeting – Knowing how much you earn or spend per day or month can help with financial planning.

Cooking – Recipes often have ratios, like “2 cups of water for every cup of rice.” That’s a unit rate!

Sports – If you’re tracking how many goals a player scores per game, you’re dealing with unit rates.

Examples of Unit Rate Word Problems

Example 1 – Speed

Jake traveled 150 miles in 3 hours. How fast was he going on average?


Unit Rate = Total Distance / Total Time

Average Speed = 150 miles / 3 hours = 50 miles per hour.

So, Jake traveled at an average speed of 50 mph.

Example 2 – Cost per Item

Lisa bought 4 notebooks for $12. How much does one notebook cost?


Unit Rate = Total Cost / Number of Items

Cost per Notebook = $12 / 4 = $3.

Thus, each notebook costs $3.

Example 3 – Earnings

Carlos works at a cafe and earns $96 in 6 hours. How much does he earn per hour?


Unit Rate = Total Earnings / Number of Hours

Earnings per Hour = $96 / 6 = $16.

Carlos earns $16 per hour.