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Comparing Fractions

# Comparing Fractions

Fractions with the same denominator are called like fractions.

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Fractions with the same denominator are called like fractions

#### Comparing like fractions:

In like fractions, the fraction with the greater numerator is greater.

Two fractions are unlike fractions if they have different denominators.

#### Comparing unlike fractions:

If two fractions with the same numerator but different denominators are to be compared, then the fraction with the smaller denominator is the greater of the two.

To compare unlike fractions, we first convert them into equivalent fractions.  For example, to compare the following fractions ie.,

We find the common multiple of the denominators 6 and 8.  48 is a common multiple of 6 and 8.
24 is also a common multiple of 6 and 8.  Least Common Multiple (LCM) of 6 and 8 = 24
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Hence, we can say that  is greater than