# Ordering fractions

Which fraction is bigger: or ?

It is hard to answer this question just by looking at the fractions. However, if you write the fractions with the same bottom number, or denominator, the question will be easy.

has a denominator of , and has a denominator of .

and both divide into , so rewrite the fractions with a denominator of .

It is easy to see that is bigger than .

Therefore is bigger than .

To compare fractions, first write them with the same bottom number, or denominator.