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## Revision as of 17:51, 9 October 2007

Two numbers are said to be in **proportion** to each other if some numeric relationship exists between them. There are several types of proportions, each defined by a separate class of function.

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## Direct proportion

Direct proportion is a proportion in which one number is a multiple of the other. Direct proportion between two numbers **x** and **y** can be expressed as:

where **k** is some real number.

The graph of a direct proportion is always linear.

Often, this will be written as .

## Inverse proportion

Inverse proportion is a proportion in which as one number's absolute value increases, the other's decreases in a directly proportional amount. It can be expressed as:

where **k** is some real number that does not equal zero.

The graph of an inverse proportion is always a hyperbola, with asymptotes at the x and y axes.

## Exponential proportion

A proportion in which one number is equal to a constant raised to the power of the other, or the logarithm of the other, is called an exponential proportion. It can be expressed as either:

- or

for some real number **k**, where k is not zero or one.