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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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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