Usually, the comparison of quantities of the same type can be made by the method of difference between the quantities. However, a more meaningful comparison between the quantities can be made by using division, i.e. by verifying how many times one quantity is into the other quantity. This method is known as comparison by ratio.
For example, Keertana’s weight is 20 kg and her father’s weight is 80 kg. So we can say that Keertana’s father’s weight and Keertana’s weight are in the ratio 20:80.
To calculate ratio, the two quantities have to be measured using the same unit. If not, they should be converted to the same unit before ratio is taken. The same ratio can occur in different situations.
For example, the ratio 4:5 is different from 5:4.
Thus, the order in which the quantities are taken into consideration to express their ratio is important.
A ratio can be treated as a fraction.
For example, 5:6 can be treated as 5/6.
Two ratios are said to be equivalent if the fractions corresponding to them are equivalent.
To calculate equivalent ratio, convert the ratio into a fraction, and then multiply or divide the numerator and the denominator by the same number.
Ex:4:5 is equivalent to 8:10 or 12:15 and so on.
A ratio can be expressed in its lowest form. For example, the ratio 45:25 in its lowest form can be written as follows:
Thus, the lowest form of 45:25 is 9:5.