# A 1-lb mixture of nuts contains 11 oz of cashews and 5 oz of peanuts. What is the ratio of cashews to peanuts?This is a math question. May I ask, when writing a ratio, do we need to write...

A 1-lb mixture of nuts contains 11 oz of cashews and 5 oz of peanuts. What is the ratio of cashews to peanuts?

This is a math question. May I ask, when writing a ratio, do we need to write only the number? Or also the unit? Ex: (oz)together with the number?

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A ratio is just a comparison. You are comparing the amount of one thing TO the amount of the other. Because the numbers you are comparing are in the same unit - ounces - this is very straight-forward.

First, you need to examine the question. It is asking the ratio of cashews to peanuts. Based on your information, there are

11 oz of cashews TO 5 oz of peanuts.

11 : 5 (no need to express the unit)

This could also be expressed as a fraction: 11/5. Always look at your ratio as a fraction, and see if you can reduce it. 11/5 can not be reduced, so the ration remains 11:5.

However, if the ratio had been 12:6, then the fraction 12/6 could be reduced to 2/1 - the reduced ratio would then be 2:1.

Remember, though, that your example can not be reduced.

The ratio would be 11:5 to its simplest term.

Don't care about the units, just write the quantity of the nuts inside the ration a:b. Also, don't care about the mass of the nuts, it has no effect on the ratio