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Ordering Fractions

If denominators are the same, then we only need to compare the numerators, for example:


If the denominators are different, then we need to change the denominators to a common one by using equivalent fractions. For example, to compare:
First, we need to get the least common denominator - LCD (which is the LCM of the denominators) as follows:
Next, we find the equivalent fractions with the denominator 36:

Now we can compare and find that

The following videos will show more examples of comparing fractions and ordering fractions.
Comparing and Ordering Fractions - Part 1
Comparing and Ordering Fractions - Part 2

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