# If the ratio of boys to girls is 3:2 and there are 25 students in a class, how do you make equal ratios to show how many students in the class are boys and how many are girls?

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Feb 11, 2017

The explanation is much longer than doing the mathematics.

The ratio of 15 boys to 10 girls is equivalent to the ratio of 3:2

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Consider the starting point:
We have 3 boys and 2 girls. This gives a total count of 5

So we need to see how many lots of 5 will fit into 25.

5 lots of 5 gives 25

So we have 5 lots of the ratio 3:2
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5 lots of 3:2 $\to 5 \times \left(3 : 2\right) = \left(5 \times 3\right) : \left(5 \times 2\right) = 15 : 10$
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Write the ratio in fractional form

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It does not matter in this case which we put on the top. I chose:

$\left(\text{boys")/("girls}\right) \to \frac{3}{2}$

Multiply a value (or system) by 1 and you do not change the value. However, 1 comes in many forms.

$\textcolor{g r e e n}{\frac{3}{2} \textcolor{red}{\times 1} \text{ "->" } \frac{3}{2} \textcolor{red}{\times \frac{5}{5}}}$

" "=color(green)((3color(red)(xx5))/(2color(red)(xx5))

" "=15/10 =("boys")/("girls")

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The ratio of 15 boys to 10 girls is equivalent to the ratio of 3:2

$15 : 10 \equiv \left(15 \div 5\right) : \left(10 \div 5\right) = 3 : 2$

where $\equiv$ means equivalent to

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