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I trying to scale object up and back down, I can only use a scale factor to alter the size. I am currently scaling upwards by 1.2.

How do I calculate the scale factor I need to return the object to its' original 100%?

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Ratio and proportion. If object a is twice as large as object b, then object b is half the size of object a. If object a is $1.2$ times the size of object b, then ______. (fill in the blank) –  J. M. Oct 10 '11 at 9:44
    
object a is 5/6 the size of object a? –  Rob Oct 10 '11 at 10:10
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"Object b is...", you mean. That's basically it; reciprocate the scale factor you once used to undo the scaling. –  J. M. Oct 10 '11 at 10:12
    
sorry yes object b, ok thanks, i think i get it :) –  Rob Oct 10 '11 at 10:14
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To settle this question: we always have the relation that if some object B is $p$ times larger than object A, then we can also say that object A is $\frac1{p}$ times the size of object B. In the OP's case, to undo the $\frac65 \times$ scale-up, a multiplication by $1/(6/5)=\frac56$ is needed.

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I have a question: The way you are doing this problem... Do you use Dimensional Analysis???? –  user52695 Dec 11 '12 at 21:34
    
You could call it that, yes. –  J. M. Jan 16 '13 at 17:32
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