To create this article, volunteer authors worked to edit and improve it over time. This article has been viewed 36, times. Learn more Simplifying a ratio makes it easier to work with, and the simplifying process is fairly straightforward. Find the greatest factor common to both terms of the ratio, and then divide both terms by that factor.
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A ratio is a comparison of two numbers. A ratio can be written using a colon, 3 : 5 , or as a fraction 3 5. A rate , by contrast, is a comparison of two quantities which can have different units. For example 5 miles per 3 hours is a rate, as is 34 dollars per square foot. A punch recipe calls for 6 ounces of lime juice, 21 ounces of apricot juice, and 21 ounces of pineapple juice.
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There is a difference between a ratio and a fraction even though students usually think there is none. It is true that we can simplify a ratio the same way we simplify a fraction. We do not add or subtract ratios although we can add or subtract fractions. For instance, trying to add the following two ratios is just plain nonsense.
A fraction from Latin fractus , "broken" represents a part of a whole or, more generally, any number of equal parts. When spoken in everyday English, a fraction describes how many parts of a certain size there are, for example, one-half, eight-fifths, three-quarters. Numerators and denominators are also used in fractions that are not common , including compound fractions, complex fractions, and mixed numerals. In positive common fractions, the numerator and denominator are natural numbers.