Fanduekisses
  • Fanduekisses
What exactly does it mean to "reduce [something] by a factor of [something] ? Clarification please?
Mathematics
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  • schrodinger
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Fanduekisses
  • Fanduekisses
I apologize if it sounds like a stupid question, but it's kind of ambiguous to me.
Fanduekisses
  • Fanduekisses
For 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
  • Fanduekisses
I 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

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Nnesha
  • Nnesha
well 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
  • Nnesha
like when you divide or multiply a number by 1/5 to get the next term hmm make sense ? :P
Nnesha
  • Nnesha
here is an example 4 is reduced by a factor of 2 = 4/2 you would divide each term with the same number (2)
Fanduekisses
  • Fanduekisses
Ohhhhhh yeah that helps, making more sense now. ^_^
Nnesha
  • Nnesha
aw i tried but feel free to get others point of view
Fanduekisses
  • Fanduekisses
Thanks, you're explanation kind of refreshed me and made me relate it to something I've learned in school lol. Thank you! :D
Fanduekisses
  • Fanduekisses
Like how there are like factors when you convert between units of measurements?
Fanduekisses
  • Fanduekisses
Also, 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
  • Nnesha
well reduced mean change it to lowest term so i would divide anyways i guess i can't explain it sorry ...
Nnesha
  • Nnesha
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UnkleRhaukus
  • UnkleRhaukus
This 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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