Direct Proportion Definition

Definition: Direct proportion is the relationship between two variables when their ratio is equal to a constant value.

Examples:

  • The volume of an ideal gas is directly proportional to the absolute temperature of the gas (Charles' Law)
  • If you get paid by the hour, the more you work the more you will get paid. If you earn $15/hour and work 2 hours, you will earn $30 (Not including taxes, etc.) and if you work 4 hours, you will earn $60. The ratio of money earned to hours worked is 15 to 1 or $15/hour.
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