# Rates and ratios

The ratio is the relationship of two numbers. For example you have 2 flashlights and 5 batteries. To compare the ratio between the flashlights and the batteries we divide the set of flashlights with the set of batteries.

The ratio is 2 to 5 or 2:5 or 2/5. All these describe the ratio in different forms of fractions. The ratio can consequently be expressed as fractions or as a decimal. 2:5 in decimals is 0.4.

A rate is a little bit different than the ratio, it is a special
ratio. It is a comparison of measurements that have different
units, like cents and grams. A **unit rate** is a rate
with a denominator of 1.

Example:

Sarah is buying jellybeans for her best friend's birthday party. She buys a bag of 10 lb of jellybeans that costs $45. Sarah is wondering how much 1 lb of jellybeans cost.

**Video lesson:** Express the ratio as a fraction
in simplest form and as a decimal

**Ratios and percent, Proportions and percent**