# What is the ratio of the longer segment to the shorter segment, if a line 48 m long is divided by a point 12m from one end?

Apr 3, 2015

If a 48 m line is divided into two segments by a point 12 m from one end
the two segment lengths are 12 m and 36 m

The ratio longer to shorter is $36$ to $12$
which may be written as
$36 : 12$ or $\frac{36}{12}$

Normally you would be expected to reduce this to its smallest terms
$3 : 1$
or
$\frac{3}{1}$