Inversely Proportional Quantities

inversely proportional quantities

[in¦vərs·lē prə¦pȯr·shən·əl ′kwän·əd·ēz]
(mathematics)
Two variable quantities whose product remains constant.
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Inversely Proportional Quantities

 

two quantities related in such a way that as one increases (or decreases) severalfold, the other decreases (or increases) by the same factor. The inversely proportional quantities x and y are related by the equation xy = k; that is, x = k/y and y = k/x, where k is a constant.

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