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# Comparing fractions with > and < symbols

Sal shades visual fraction models to compare fractions.   Created by Sal Khan.

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• So if you had 12/12, would that equal 1 whole?
• yes because its like 1/1 wich is one whole
• How can 3/4 be larger than 3/7? 3/4 has a smaller denominator. Can someone help me?
• If you have a bigger denominator it is smaller because then you have more parts, and that makes it smaller. fractions can also be turned into decimals, so 3/7= 3 divided by seven, which is about 0.4285. but 3 divided by 4 is 0.75.
• I understand what <,>, & = equals, but what does the < and > mean with a line under it?
• Do you mean ≤ and ≥?

≥ is equal to or greater than. For example, you could use 2 ≥ 1 or 4 ≥ 4.

≤ is equal to or less than. For example, you could use 5 ≤ 8 or 8 ≤ 8.
Hope this helped! <3
• wait but what if the 3/7 pieces where much bigger than how sal cut them and the 3/4 where the same so you cant always know. Is there an other operation that tells you what to do with that.
• As mentioned in prior discussions, you have to assume the whole units are the same size. If they aren't, the problem will tell you they aren't and you will need to convert them to units that are equal size. For example: We don't compare liters and gallons without converting to a common unit of measure. You need either both numbers in liters or both numbers in gallons to work with them.
• Is 9 tenths subtract 1 third greater than 1 half
• convert the two fractions so that they have a common denominator. The common denominator here is 30
• Are fractions like division
• yes, because it divides the shape equally no matter what kind of fraction it is so it's related to division.
• what if you already know this stuff but you're still doing it, what if you're in college and you still have to do this stuff?
• Most jobs and many life skills require that you understand basic math. This is basic math. So, if you want to succeed and be able to move on to better things, learn it.
• why is comparing and contrasting so important if your not solving or doing anything but says f they are the same or not or equal to..
• You are still technically answering what the question is, whether this fraction is bigger than the other. It's just that the answer is not a number.

Also, knowing which fraction is bigger will help later on, such as subtracting fractions with different denominators.
• How do you remember that the top is the numerator and the bottom is the denominator?