<p><span style="font-size:22px"><a target="_blank" href="https://www.prepswift.com/quizzes/quiz/prepswift-ratios">Ratios Exercise</a></span></p>
<p><span style="font-size:12px">Pop, Low, A (H1).wav" by InspectorJ (<a target="_blank" href="http://www.jshaw.co.uk/" rel="nofollow">www.jshaw.co.uk</a>) of <a target="_blank" href="http://freesound.org/" rel="nofollow">Freesound.org</a></span></p><p>To put it simply, <strong><span style="color:#27ae60;">Ratios</span></strong> are another way to write fractions. Yes, that's all they are. So why use them? They're often used in word problems to show the relationship between two or more things. For example, if a bowl of fruit contains $5$ apples and $7$ oranges, then the ratio of apples to oranges is $5$:$7$. Notice how ratios are often written with a colon between the two numbers. Ratios can even include three (or more) numbers. Imagine a bowl of fruit contains $4$ apples, $6$ oranges, and $8$ bananas, then the ratio of apples to oranges to bananas is $4$:$6$:$8$. </p>
<p><span style="color:#8e44ad;"><span style="font-size:20px;">Ratios Can be Simplified</span></span></p>
<p>Notice the second example above, the ratio of apples to oranges to bananas: $4$:$6$:$8$. If you divide every number by $2$, you can simplify the ratio to...</p>
<p style="text-align: center;">$2$:$3$:$4$</p>
<p><span style="font-size:20px;"><span style="color:#8e44ad;">Ratios Sometimes Reference the Total</span></span></p>
<p>Imagine a classroom contains $12$ girls and $15$ boys. You can create FOUR ratios from these two numbers:</p>
<ul>
<li>Girls to boys: $12$:$15$</li>
<li>Boys to girls: $15$:$12$</li>
<li>Girls to total: $12$:$27$</li>
<li>Boys to total: $15$:$27$</li>
</ul>