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Scale Factor

The ratio of any two corresponding lengths in two similar geometric figures. Note: The ratio of areas of two similar figures is the square of the scale factor. The ratio of volumes of two similar figures is the cube of the scale factor.

 


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Mathwords: Terms and Formulas from Algebra I to Calculus
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