# How do direct and inverse variation differ?

When two things $x$ and $y$ vary directly, it means that as $x$ goes larger, $y$ also goes larger. And when $x$ goes smaller, $y$ also goes smaller
On the other hand, when two things $u$ and $v$ vary inversely, it means that as $u$ goes larger, $v$ goes smaller. And when $u$ goes smaller, $v$ goes larger