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### Student Question

Hi!

In my science homework, I am asked to reproduce a drawing at 2:1 scale, but what does that mean?

Thanks :))

Science ## Explanations (1)

• Explanation from Alloprof  Explanation from Alloprof

This Explanation was submitted by a member of the Alloprof team.

Hi! Thank you for your question :)

Scale is the ratio between the drawn dimensions of an object and the real dimensions of an object.

X:Y notation is most often used to describe the scale.

If the number on the left is greater than 1, it means that the drawing will be enlarged by a factor of X compared to the real image; the object is magnified.

If the number on the right is greater than 1, then the real object is Y times larger than the drawing; the object is smaller than in real life.

If the ratio is 1:1, then the drawing has the same dimensions as the real object.

In your case, the 2:1 ratio means you are making a drawing that is twice the size of the actual image!

I hope that answers your question! Do not hesitate to come back to us if you have questions!