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Ratio of a to b

  1. Dec 5, 2013 #1
    If you are given a ratio, say apples to eggs and you were to increase the number of eggs but keep the number of apples the same, would you say that the ratio of apples to eggs is reduced, as when you divided apples by eggs, the number would be smaller if eggs are increased and apples remain constant?

    E.g.

    10 apples and 2 eggs = ratio of 5 to 1,

    but 10 apples and 5 eggs = 2 to 1 so am I right in saying that the ratio is reduced??
     
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  3. Dec 5, 2013 #2

    Mark44

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    In a ratio, which can be represented as a fraction, if the denominator increases but the numerator stays the same, the ratio decreases.

    If the numerator increases, but the denominator stays the same, the ratio increases.
     
  4. Dec 6, 2013 #3

    Ray Vickson

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    Do you think that 2 is less than 5?
     
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