# Intermediate ratio

1. Jul 26, 2009

### Helios

Given positive integers a, b, c, d

and for fractions a/b and c/d,

it seems that ( a + c )/( b + d ) is between a/b and c/d.

There's likely an easy proof of this. I'd like to know if there's a formal name for ( a + c )/( b + d ) or the operation that brings it about.

2. Jul 27, 2009

### HallsofIvy

In the first case, if $(a+c)/(b+d)\le a/b$ then $(a+c)b= ab+ bc\le a(b+d)= ab+ ad$ or $bc\le ad$ contradicting the inequality above.
In the second case, if $c/d\le (a+c)/(b+d)$ then [/itex]c(b+d)= bc+ cd\le d(a+c)= ad+ dc[/itex] or $bc\le ad$, again a contradiction.