In this activity, we will decide which of two fractions is larger and then use the < or > symbol.
Without a calculator, we need to decide which is larger.
6/10 or 5/9
We need to find the lowest common multiple of 10 and 9 to create common denominators and change both fractions into 90ths
Starting with 6/10, we multiply 10 by 9 to get 90 as the denominator.
We have to do the same thing to the numerator, so we multiply 6 by 9 too, to get 54.
So, 6/10 has now become 54/90
Now to 5/9
We multiply the denominator of 9 by 10 to get 90.
We need to do the same to the numerator of 5, so 5 x 10 gives us 50.
So, 5/9 has become 50/90
We now have 54/90 and 50/90
54/90 > 50/90, so 6/10 > 5/9
Let's have a go at some questions now.