# Proposition: 7.17: Multiples of Ratios of Numbers

### (Proposition 17 from Book 7 of Euclid's “Elements”)

If a number multiplying two numbers makes some (numbers) then the (numbers) generated from them will have the same ratio as the multiplied (numbers).

• For let the number $A$ make (the numbers) $D$ and $E$ (by) multiplying the two numbers $B$ and $C$ (respectively).
• I say that as $B$ is to $C$, so $D$ (is) to $E$.

### Modern Formulation

In modern notation, this proposition states that if $d = a\,b\quad\text{ and }\quad e=a\,c,$ then $\frac de=\frac bc,$ where all symbols denote numbers.

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1. Fitzpatrick, Richard: Euclid's "Elements of Geometry"

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