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1. Don't understand fractions, so am having great trouble grasping ratio's. Every person I ask says 'why their so basic' but then wont explain it to me. Please can someone nice on tsr help me out +rep for the person that explains it best.
2. Could you provide an example of the kind of question about ratios that you are looking to answer?
3. Basically a ratio is how large one number is compared to a smaller number, or vice-versa. So, if I was twice as tall as you the ratio of our heights would be 2:1, sometimes called just 2.

If you were twice as tall as me, the ratio of our heights would be 1:2 sometimes called 0.5 (since 1/2=0.5)

If, for every hour I work I earn £3 and for every hour you work you earn £2, the ratio of our earnings would be 3:2, or just 1.5.
4. (Original post by Kolya)
Could you provide an example of the kind of question about ratios that you are looking to answer?
Yes;

Divide £8,000 into the ration 5 : 3 : 2
5. (Original post by blondevalkyrie)
Yes;

Divide £8,000 into the ration 5 : 3 : 2
The first thing to do is to add the numbers in the ratio up because this gives you the number of "parts" to split the number into.

So 5+3+2=10. Now divide the initial number by this. So £8000 divided by 10 gives you £800.

Now the first person wants 5 "parts" of this ratio, hence wants 5 multiplied by 800=£4000.

Do you understand?
6. (Original post by 73337)
The first thing to do is to add the numbers in the ratio up because this gives you the number of "parts" to split the number into.

So 5+3+2=10. Now divide the initial number by this. So £8000 divided by 10 gives you £800.

Now the first person wants 5 "parts" of this ratio, hence wants 5 multiplied by 800=£4000.

Do you understand?
I think the penny has nearly dropped! Can you give me a question to try?
7. I have 20 apples. I decide to split the apples and give them to 3 charities in the ratio 72.

How many apples am I giving to each charity?
8. (Original post by 73337)
I have 20 apples. I decide to split the apples and give them to 3 charities in the ratio 72.

How many apples am I giving to each charity?
14 ; 2 and 4?
9. yep!
10. (Original post by 73337)
yep!
!! Rep for you plus lots of love x
11. (Original post by 73337)
yep!
sorry just one more thing with the 8,000 question do i need to simplify the 4,000 etc?
12. (Original post by blondevalkyrie)
sorry just one more thing with the 8,000 question do i need to simplify the 4,000 etc?
I don't get how you would simplify it.

Just say £4000, easy marks.
13. Apostrophe's
14. (Original post by 73337)
I don't get how you would simplify it.

Just say £4000, easy marks.
I'm probably thinking of fractions, thanks!

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