Comparing Fractions with Different Denominators

A Fraction consists of two numbers separated by a line.

The top number (or numerator) tells how many fractional pieces there are. The fraction 3/8 indicates that there are three pieces.

The denominator of a fraction tells how many pieces an object was divided into. The fraction 3/8 indicates that the whole object was divided into 8 pieces.

If the numerators of two fractions are the same, the fraction with the smaller denominator is the larger fraction.

For example 5/8 is larger than 5/16 because each fraction says there are five pieces but if an object is divided into 8 pieces, each piece will be larger than if the object were divided into 16 pieces. Therefore, five larger pieces are more than five smaller pieces.

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