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BSL Maths Glossary - ratio - Example (symbol :)

Subject level: General

Example

There are 10 white balls for every 5 black balls in the bag.

What is the ratio of white to black balls? Answer 10:5 or 2:1 (since 10 and 5 can both be divided equally by 5 resulting in 2:1)

What is the ratio of black to white balls? Answer 5:10 or 1:2 (since 5 and 10 can both be divided equally by 5 resulting in 1:2).