Comparison between 2 fractions

 

Fractions are compared to find out which is larger or smaller.

Demonstration:

Same Denominator Method’ is used to understand this concept

When two fractions have the same denominator they are easy to compare:

  • 4/9 is less than 5/9 (because 4 is less than 5)
  • Which is larger: 3/ 8 or 5/12 ?

Multiply 8 × 3 =  24

Multiply 12 × 2 = 24

Therefore let us try that (Important: what we apply to the denominator we must also apply to the numerator):

 
  • We can now see that 9/24 is smaller than 10/24 (because 9 is smaller than 10).
  • So 5/12 is the larger fraction.