4th grade (2018 edition)
Review comparing fractions with common denominators, and try some practice problems.
We can compare fractions by seeing which one takes up a greater portion of the same whole.
In this article, we will use common denominators to compare.
Want to learn about comparing fractions visually? Check out this article.
Comparing fractions using common denominators
Let's look at an example.
Let's change the fractions to have a common denominator of : (Want to review common denominators? Check out this article.)
Now that our fractions have the same denominator, we compare their numerators:
Want to learn more about comparing fractions? Check out this video.
Want to try more problems like this? Check out this exercise.
Want to join the conversation?
- Why do people always use rectangles, pizzas or circles to compare fractions to decimals or fractions alone?(22 votes)
- I agree with Benny C because we see pizzas all the time and our desks are rectangles.
BUT DON'T GO AROUND VISULIZIN' PIZZAS DON'T EAT ZEM EITHER(1 vote)
- you can remember comparing fractions by cross multiplying like this 3/5 ----- 5/3
5x5=25 and 3x3=9 so you know that 5/3 is bigger !(6 votes)
- Do you have to do it or can you just look at the halves?(7 votes)
- cross multiplying is an easier and faster way to do it. All you do is multiply one denominator by the numerator on the other fraction and put that number next to it and which ever side is bigger that fraction is greater. But remember MULTIPLY UP!(1 vote)
- Can you compare mixed numbers with unlike denominators?(2 votes)
- Yes you can! Those problems will probably come in 4th and 5th grade. For example, 1/2 + 2 3/4 is a real problem. It equals 3 1/4.(8 votes)
- How do you fill in the squares to make a fraction.(1 vote)
- still not understanding how to get same denominator
then multip[ly by that I'm still confused(1 vote)
- what if i look't at 5/9 and 3/7 and i had to compare them and i allrety now the anser without doing the work?(1 vote)