There are 40 apples, 10 oranges and 30 peaches.
(a) Compare the number of apples to oranges to peaches in ratios without simplify.
(b) Compare the number of apples to oranges to peaches in ratios with simplify.
According the numbers of each fruit, the comparison could be expressed as the following ratios:
(b) 40 ÷ 10 = 4, so apples are 4 times oranges.
30 ÷ 10 = 3, so peaches are 3 times oranges.
Thus, the comparison could also be expressed as the ratio of 4:1:3.