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Fanduekisses
 one year ago
What exactly does it mean to "reduce [something] by a factor of [something] ? Clarification please?
Fanduekisses
 one year ago
What exactly does it mean to "reduce [something] by a factor of [something] ? Clarification please?

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Fanduekisses
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0I apologize if it sounds like a stupid question, but it's kind of ambiguous to me.

Fanduekisses
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0For example, the volume of something in a container is decreasing by a factor of 1/5, and it's currently at 100, does that mean you take 1/5 and subtract it from 100? or is 1/5 the new value?

Fanduekisses
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0I don't know if it's because English isn't my first language or what but it's just kind of confusing, but I know it's something very simple that I should understand! lol

Nnesha
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1well i don't know if i'll explain it right or nah that means *a number * is decreasing by same amount familiar with geometric or arithmetic sequence ?

Nnesha
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1like when you divide or multiply a number by 1/5 to get the next term hmm make sense ? :P

Nnesha
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1here is an example 4 is reduced by a factor of 2 = 4/2 you would divide each term with the same number (2)

Fanduekisses
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Ohhhhhh yeah that helps, making more sense now. ^_^

Nnesha
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1aw i tried but feel free to get others point of view

Fanduekisses
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Thanks, you're explanation kind of refreshed me and made me relate it to something I've learned in school lol. Thank you! :D

Fanduekisses
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Like how there are like factors when you convert between units of measurements?

Fanduekisses
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Also, just like there is for ex the factors of 6 (2 and 3), they are multiplied. In my question above it's just saying to multiply by 1/5 then?

Nnesha
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1well reduced mean change it to lowest term so i would divide anyways i guess i can't explain it sorry ...

UnkleRhaukus
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1This is an example of sloppy language, the phrase "reduced by a factor of x" does not always mean the same thing. eg 1 (x is greater than 1) a two metre piece of string is reduced by a factor of 5 the new length is 2 [m] / 5 = 40 [cm] eg 2 (x is less than 1) a two metre piece of string is reduced by a factor of 1/5 the new length is 2 [m] / 5 = 40 [cm] These statements are not the same, but give the same result. When the wording of the question specifies the word `reduced`, our result must be less then the original, (this is how we know whether the multiply or divide).
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