How are ratios different from fractions?

1 Answer
Mar 14, 2018

It is how you use it...


Really, fractions #"are"# another way of representing rations. However, the difference comes in how you use it.

Ratios are used to compare things like #"If there are x amount of this, then there are y amount of that"#

For example, if you have #1:2# and you are comparing the number of boys to girls, you can say that:
For every one boy, there are two girls.

A fraction represents part of a whole.

For example, if you have #1/2#, then you can say that you want one out of two. Fractions, in other words, tell you how much you have in comparison to the whole.