Ratio FAQs:


Q: Is a ratio a relationship between two numbers indicating how many times the first number contains the second?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a ratio the smallest possible integers?

A: Yes.

Q: Are ratios equal when the quotients of the terms are equal?

A: Yes, and but Euclid did not accept the existence of the quotients of incommensurate, so such a definition would have been meaningless to him.

Q: Is a ratio often used instead for this more general notion as well?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a ratio a dimensionless number?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a ratio as the limiting value of the ratio of two successive Fibonacci numbers: even though the n-th such ratio is the ratio of two integers and hence is rational?

A: Yes, and the limit of the sequence of these ratios as n goes to infinity is the irrational golden ratio.

Q: Are ratios equal when they behave identically with respect to being less than?

A: Yes, and equal to, or greater than any rational number.

Q: Is a ratio proportional or in proportion?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a ratio in a general way?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a ratio written "a to b" or a:b?

A: Yes, and or sometimes expressed arithmetically as a quotient of the two.

Q: Are ratios sometimes used with three or more terms?

A: Yes.

Q: Are ratios usually expressed as weight/volume fractions?

A: Yes.