Thank you for the prompt comment. I do know and understand all the above-said, and don’t mean to sound rude with my reply.
I feel the point of my question is missed as the example given is using a very convenient half (0.5) for scaling, following with “one can generally achieve any transformation needed.”
What should I do, then, to uniformly scale down a 1m long object to one third of its length? If I type 0.3 am I generally achieving the transformation needed? I am left wondering if I could have used 1/3 instead - because it does not make any sense that I cannot. If I have to use something equivalent to the 0.5 given in the example, do I use 0.3, 0.33, 0.333, or…? - this is my question.
Incidentally, a work-around for the above would be to use the divide tool on a 1m line at the handle that is being used for the uniform scaling, and move the handle along the first third…