ratio and proportion

The total number of biros ordered is 135, 35 of which are coloured, how do I work out the proportion and also the ratio to its lowest form, it just will not sink in

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The proportion is simply the fraction of coloured pens to the total
javaid.aslam
26 June 2011
So we know there are 35 coloured pens out of a total of 135. So the proportion is 35 out of 135 or 35/135
javaid.aslam
26 June 2011
When simplifying this ratio just think about the times table that both numbers are in
javaid.aslam
26 June 2011
So the ratio would be 35 : 100.
javaid.aslam
26 June 2011
When working out the ratio you must work out the number of pens that are not coloured. This 135 - 35 = 100
javaid.aslam
26 June 2011
They are both in the 5 times table. There are 7 5s in 35 and 20 5s in 100 so the ratio is then simplified to 7 : 20
javaid.aslam
26 June 2011
Thanks I am doing a course and Maths was never my strong point
branda
26 June 2011
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