common ratio


Definition of common ratio

: the ratio of each term of a geometric progression to the term preceding it

Examples of common ratio in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If the length of the base of the lower triangle (at the right) is 1 unit and the base of the large triangle is P units, then the common ratio of the two different sides is P. Quanta Magazine, "How to Solve Our Three John Conway-Inspired Puzzles," 20 Nov. 2020 The Digital Edition ratios at individual locations ranged from 13 to 33 percent of all the available PS5 preorders, with 20 percent being the most common ratio. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "PS5 retailers have many fewer Digital Edition systems for preorder [Updated]," 18 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of common ratio

circa 1771, in the meaning defined above

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3 Dec 2020

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“Common ratio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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