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Today we’ll cut out an understanding of proportions by looking at and thinking about fantastic, glorious mullets:
Our question today: Which of the above is the truer mullet and why?
If you don’t already know, a mullet is a hairstyle in which the hair is cut short at the front and sides and left long in back. It can be better understood by the magic phrase:
Business in the front, and party in the back.
In mathematical terms, we can quantify a mullet’s quality by understanding a simple ratio.
A mullet’s quality can be measured by the relationship between the “party in the back” to the “business in the front.” The higher the ratio, the more splendid the mullet.
The hairs in the front of Mullet A are 3.5 inches long, while the hairs in the back are 9 inches.
The hairs in the front of Mullet B are 1.5 inches long, whereas the hairs in the back are 7.5 inches.
Which is the more magnificent mullet, A or B?
Use these measurements to create ratios and justify your answer.