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Ratios and proportions with mixed units 
20100513 

From Kenneth: Is it incorrect to have a proportion with numbers containing units that are not the same on both sides of the equal sign?
Here is an example: $0.07/$1.00 = ?/$0.89 is okay, but if I add a different unit (20 ounces) to one side of the equal sign but not the same unit to the other, is the proportion incorrect?
$0.07/$1.00 = ?/$0.89/20 ounces.
In order to determine the missing amount, the calculation becomes ($0.07/$1.00)/$0.89/20 ounces = $?, but is this proportion correct with the units as they are?
Two dollarunits cancel leaving dollar/ounces equals $?/ounces, but is this correct? Answered by Robert Dawson. 


