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Q: Does a ratio need to be a whole number?

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Simple whole number ratio implies that ratio of the elements in a compound is a whole number i.e. the ratio of elements bear whole number. For example in Cu2O, Cu and O combine in a simple whole number ratio of 2:1.

Many people find whole number ratios easier to understand.

Every whole number can be expressed as the quotient or ratio of other whole numbers, and whole numbers ARE integers.

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It is the ratio of one whole number to another whole number, which may be expressed as a fraction. The ratio (or fraction) may be simplified by dividing both numbers by the greatest common factor.

-- Any number that can be written as the ratio of two whole numbers is a rational number.-- Any whole number can be written as the ratio of that number to ' 1 ', so it's rational.

Yes it is esssentially that number to one ratio five written as a ratio would be a five to one ratio

Emperical formula give the smallest whole number ratio of atoms in a compound

The simplest whole number ratio of atoms in a compound is 1.

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4.8 is the ratio 48/10 . You can never write 4.8 as a singlewhole number, simply because 4.8 is not a whole number.

It is 25 : 10

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