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If four numbers, for example, a, b, c, and d, form a proportion, such as

they also form a proportion according to other arrangements.


The four selected numbers are in proportion by INVERSION in the form

The inversion relationship is proved as follows, by first multiplying both members of the original proportion by :

Note that the product of the means and the product of the extremes still yield the same equality as in the original proportion.

The inversion relationship may be illustrated by the following numerical example:



The four selected numbers (a, b, c, and d) are in proportion by ALTERNATION in the following form:

To prove the alternation relationship, first

multiply both sides of the original proportion

by b/ c, as follows:

The following numerical example illustrates alternation:


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