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INDIA: THE FLAG

The Indian flag was designed as a sign of freedom.  It is a horizontal tricolor in equal proportions.  The saffron (top stripe)  stands for courage and sacrifice.  The white stripe represents purity and truth.  The dark green stripe stands for faith and fertility.  In the center of the white stripe is the "chakra" wheel.  It has 24 spokes and represents a spinning wheel which was used in the struggle for independence from Britain.  Patriots pun their own cloth rather than import British textiles.  The ratio of width to length is 2 to 3.

You work in a flag factory.  Your job is to see that all flags are in proportion.

1. If a flag measures 6 ft. x 9 ft., what is the area of the flag?  What are the dimensions of each stripe?  What would the radius of the chakra be? (the rim touches the edges of the stripe)

2. If you wanted to half the size of the flag in problem #1, what would the measurements be?

3. If the diameter of the wheel was 5 inches, what would the dimensions of the flag be?

4. If the length of the flag is 36 cm, what would the width be?  Using a compass, draw the circle for the wheel.

5. If the width of each stripe is 3 cm, draw the flag and label the dimensions.  Don't forget that the ratio of width to length is 2:3.

Indian Flag Solutions

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