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1. Ratio
The ratio of two quantities a and b in the same units, is the fraction a/b and we write it as a : b.
In the ratio a : b, we call a as the first term or antecedent and b, the second term or consequent.

Example: The ratio 5 : 9 represents 5/9 with antecedent = 5, consequent = 9.

Rule: The multiplication or division of each term of a ratio by the same non-zero number does not affect the ratio.

Example: 4 : 5 = 8 : 10 = 12 : 15. Also, 4 : 6 = 2 : 3.

Question:

A and B together have Rs. 1210. If (4 / 15) of A's amount is equal to (2 / 5) of B's amount, how much amount does B have?



2. Proportion
The equality of two ratios is called proportion.
If a : b = c : d, we write a : b :: c : d and we say that a, b, c, d are in proportion.
Here a and d are called extremes, while b and c are called mean terms.
Product of means = Product of extremes.
Thus, a : b :: c : d ⇔ (b x c) = (a x d).
Question:

Two numbers are respectively 20% and 50% more than a third number. The ratio of the two numbers is:



3. Fourth Proportional
If a : b = c : d, then d is called the fourth proportional to a, b, c.
Third Proportional:
a : b = c : d, then c is called the third proportion to a and b.
Mean Proportional:
Mean proportional between a and b is  Ratio and Proportion - Important Formulas, Quantitative Aptitude Quant Notes | EduRev

4. Comparison of Ratios
We say that (a : b) > (c : d) ⇔ a/b > c/d.
Compounded Ratio: The compounded ratio of the ratios: (a : b), (c : d), (e : f) is (ace : bdf).
Question:

In a mixture of 60 litres, the ratio of milk and water 2 : 1. If this ratio is to be 1 : 2, then the quantity of water to be further added is:

Question:

Salaries of Ravi and Sumit are in the ratio 2 : 3. If the salary of each is increased by Rs. 4000, the new ratio becomes 40 : 57. What is Sumit's salary?



5. Duplicate Ratios
Duplicate ratio of (a : b) is (a2 : b2)
Sub - duplicate ratio of (a : b) is (√a : √b)
Triplicate ratio of (a : b) is (a: b3)
Sub - triplicate ratio of (a : b) is (a1/3 : b1/3)
If a/b = c/d, then a + b/a - b = c + d/c - d [componendo and dividendo]

6. Variations
We say that x is directly proportional to y, if x = ky for some constant k and we write x ∝ y
We say that x is inversely proportional to y, if xy = k for some constant K and we write, x ∝ 1/y

TYPES OF VARIATION
(i) Direct Variation
If A is in direct variation with B, then increase or decrease in A will lead to proportionate increase or decrease in B.
∝ B
A = KB

(ii) Indirect variation
If A is in inverse variation with B, then increase in A will lead to Proportionate decrease in B and vice versa.
∝ 1/B
A = K/B

Question:

If ‘x’ and ‘y’ are in a direct proportion then which of the following is correct?

(iii) Joint Variation
Let us consider the area of triangle, which is dependent on both, the height as well as the base of the rectangle.
When both the dimension of the triangle changes then the area also changes.
When the area of the triangle varies with the change in the base of the triangle.
∝ b
When the area of the triangle varies with the change in the base of the triangle
∝ h
This is called the joint variation of the area of the triangle with respect to its base and height.
∝ 1/2 x b.h

7. The LCM process gets very cumbersome when we have to find the ratio out of multiple ratios.
We have the following simple method for that for chain of ratios of any length.
Suppose, you have the ratio train as follows:
A : B = 1 : 2
B : C = 2 : 3
C : D = 5 : 6 
D : E = 7 : 8
If we were to find A : B : C : D : E, then the LCM method would have taken quite a long time which is infeasible in examinations of limited hours.
The short cut is as follows: 
A : B : C : D : E can be written directly as: 
1 × 2 × 5 × 7 : 2 × 2 × 5 × 7 : 2 × 3 × 5 × 7 : 2 × 3 × 6 × 7 : 2 × 3 × 6 × 8
70 : 140 : 210 : 252 : 288

The thought algorithm for this case goes as: 
To get the combined ratio of A : B : C : D : E, from A : B, B :C, C :D, and D : E  
In the combined ratio of A : B : C : D : E. A will correspond to the product of all numerators (1 × 2 × 5 × 7).
B will take the first denominator and the last 3 numerators (2 × 2 × 5 × 7). C on the other hand takes the first two denominators and the last 2 numerators (2 × 3 × 5 × 7), 
D takes the first 3 denominators and the last numerator (2 × 3 × 6 × 7) and E take all the four denominators (2 × 3 × 6 × 8).

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