# Inversely Proportional

Pronunciation: /ɪnˈvɜr'sli prəˈpoʊr.ʃə.nl/ Explain

Two variables are inversely proportional if the multiplicative inverse of one has a common ratio with the other. A general equation for variables that are inversely proportional is
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In this equation x and y are the variables that are inversely proportional. a is the constant of variation.

An example of variables that are inversely proportional is the time it takes to make a trip as a function of speed. The faster you go, the quicker (less time) you get there. This can be expressed with the function

where t(s) is the time it takes to make the trip, 100 is the distance, and s is the speed of travel.

### References

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• McAdams, David E.. Proportional. allmathwords.org. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. 3/12/2009. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/p/proportional.html.

McAdams, David E. Inversely Proportional. 4/23/2019. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/i/inverselyproportional.html.

### Revision History

4/23/2019: Updated equations and expressions to new format. (McAdams, David E.)
12/21/2018: Reviewed and corrected IPA pronunication. (McAdams, David E.)