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There are 12 boys and 16 girls in a class. What is the ratio of boys to girls? Write as...

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maganda12 | eNoter

Posted November 11, 2008 at 1:08 PM via web

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There are 12 boys and 16 girls in a class. What is the ratio of boys to girls? Write as a fraction in simplest form.

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flashinglights | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted February 2, 2009 at 9:56 AM (Answer #1)

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the ratio is 12:16 and u just divide both the numerator & denominator 'till u can't divide them equally anymore to get the simplest form.

Hope that helps!

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revolution | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted July 6, 2010 at 8:58 PM (Answer #4)

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There are 12 boys and girls. The ration form is 12:16 which can be further simplified into 3:4 just by dividing 4 to each of the number. The fractional form is 3/4. to its simplest form.

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bergcar | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted January 7, 2012 at 10:12 AM (Answer #5)

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3/4

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mproxas | Student | eNoter

Posted October 22, 2012 at 12:55 PM (Answer #6)

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12:16=12/16=/4

 

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zumba96 | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted April 29, 2014 at 3:42 AM (Answer #9)

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There are 12 boys to 16 girls which means the ration would be 12:16. Since A common factor that is evident in both is 4, you can further simply that answer into a smaller number. Therefore it would be simplified to 3:4 so there are 3 boys to 4 girls in a class with the ration 3:4

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atyourservice | TA , Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted May 26, 2014 at 10:56 PM (Answer #10)

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12 boys and 16 

12:16

both of these number have a common factor of 4 so just divide both numbers by 4 to get the smallest number:

3 : 4

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acompanioninthetardis | TA , Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted May 29, 2014 at 7:07 AM (Answer #11)

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The ratio would be 12:16. But its asking us to write it as a fraction so 12/16. It also asks us to simplify so if we take away 8 from both top and bottom via division we get 3/4.

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acompanioninthetardis | TA , Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted May 29, 2014 at 7:09 AM (Answer #12)

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*sorry I make a mistake 12/16 should be divided by 4 not 8. my apologies*

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fashionableb1 | TA , Grade 10 | Salutatorian

Posted May 30, 2014 at 3:40 AM (Answer #13)

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12:16

 divide both numbers by 4

3 : 4

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Wiggin42 | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted May 30, 2014 at 10:40 PM (Answer #14)

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There are 12 boys and 16 girls in a class. What is the ratio of boys to girls? Write as a fraction in simplest form.

We have : 

12 boys
---------
16 girls

We can simplify this fraction by dividing out the common factor 4 : 

3 boys
-------
4 girls

or simply : 3/4

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nisarg | TA , Kindergarten | Valedictorian

Posted July 12, 2014 at 1:51 AM (Answer #15)

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12/16 so to simplify divide both sides by 4

the simplified ratio is 3/4

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maria-vivanco | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted July 30, 2014 at 10:21 PM (Answer #16)

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3:4

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teachnm | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted November 11, 2008 at 1:14 PM (Answer #7)

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TThe ratio of boys to girls is 12 to 16, 12:16 or 12/16 (all different ways this can be written).  The fraction form 12/16 can be reduced by dividing by the greatest common factor.  Both 12 and 16 are divisible by 4, so the reduced fraction is 12/4 over 16/4 = 3/4.  In other words, there are 3 boys for every 4 girls in the class.

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dndalderson | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 12, 2008 at 10:32 PM (Answer #8)

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The ratio is written as 12/16.  To put in simplest form you must determine what number can be evenly divided into both the top number 12 (numerator) and the bottom number 16 (denominator).  That would be 4

12 / 4 = 3

16 / 4 = 4

So the ratio in simplest form would be 3/4

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