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What fraction of the orange rod is the yellow rod?

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Using as many brown and red rods as you like, but no rods of any other colours, work out what fraction the red rod is of the brown one.

Using as many blue and dark green rods as you like, but no rods of any other colours, work out what fraction the dark green rod is of the blue one.

Using as many pink and orange rods as you like, but no rods of any other colours, work out what fraction the pink rod is of the orange one.

Using as many pale green and orange rods as you like, but no rods of any other colours, work out what fraction the pale green rod is of the orange one.

Pick two other rods of different colours. Given an unlimited supply of rods of each colour, work out what fraction the shorter rod is of the longer one.

Given an unlimited supply of any two differently coloured rods, can you find a general rule to work out what fraction the shorter rod is of the longer one?

Why does your rule work?