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Jul3114, 05:07 AM

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Why can ratios be written as fractions?
if there are 5 men in 20 people the ratio of men to total people is 5:20 which is 1:4. But when we write 1/4 it gives 0.25. And 0.25 means the magnitude of each part when 1 is divided into 4 equal parts. So how does ratio and fraction give a same meaning? Please explain it to me. 


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Jul3114, 05:43 AM

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I'm not quite sure what you're asking. A ratio is defined, per Wiktionary, as
ratio (plural ratios) 1. A number representing a comparison between two things. 2. (arithmetic) The relative magnitudes of two quantities (usually expressed as a quotient). 3. (law) Short for ratio decidendi. Clearly, the second definition is the best used here. If there are 5 men in 20 people, then we can say that on average, 0.25, or 25% of all people are men. That's just another way of saying 25 men for every 100 people, though, which is similar to the 5 in 20 example. Sorry, I'm probably not making much sense, but the question is an odd one. 


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