1332.0.55.002 - Statistical Language!, 2008  
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Contents >> Ratio >> What does Ratio tell you?


A ratio is represented by two whole numbers separated by a colon ' : '. The colon itself is a symbolisation of the word 'to'. For example, 3:7 is read as three to seven. Both shed floors below have the same ratio even though one is 3 metres wide by 7 metres long and the other is 6 metres wide by 14 metres long.

Diagram: ratio- lentgth by width

Fractions and percentages are both applications of ratios. Fractions relate the part (the numerator) to the whole (the denominator) while percentages indicate parts per 100.

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