# How are ratios different from fractions?

Mar 14, 2018

It is how you use it...

#### Explanation:

Really, fractions $\text{are}$ another way of representing rations. However, the difference comes in how you use it.

Ratios are used to compare things like $\text{If there are x amount of this, then there are y amount of that}$

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 $\frac{1}{2}$, 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.