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# how do you know 2 and 1/3 is greater than 1 5/6 without comparing the fractions?

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- PascalLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
2+1/3>2>1+5/6

Edit (response to Gaz): "1 and 9 trillion trillionths is still less than 2.... " -- Gaz, 1 and 9 trillion trillionths is 10, which is somewhat larger than 2. The fact that you can simply look at the integer part (where the integer parts are not equal) depends on the fact that the fractional part is less than 1. If it is not, as in your example of 1 + 9,000,000,000,000 / 1,000,000,000,000, then you must account for the fractional part in your calculations.

- AlizLv 61 decade ago
Two (2) is always greater than one (1) unless you have a number like 1 9/6 because that would equal 2 1/2.

- thoringtonLv 44 years ago
the rule of thumb is that the bigger the denominator the smaller the fraction. So a million/4 < a million/2. in case you extremely do not understand, convert each little thing to a elementary denominator. The LCM of two, 3, and four is 12 a million/2 = 6/12 a million/3 = 4/12 a million/4 = 3/12 and also you may see that a million/2 > a million/3 > a million/4

- Anonymous1 decade ago
Looking at the whole numbers (1 and 2)

Improper Faractions (7/3 and 11/6)

Common Sence

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- GazLv 51 decade ago
Substitute the words...'and a bit' for the 2 fractions.

You see straight away the 1st number is 2...and a bit

And the other number is 1...and a bit....

DO you see....2 will always be greater than 1....doesn't matter about 1's fraction...it will always be less than 2....

1 and 9 trillion trillionths is still less than 2....

- Anonymous1 decade ago
1/3 and 5/6 are less than 1, so, just look at the integers

Anabel

- Anonymous1 decade ago
the 2 is bigger then 1....but 1/3 is smaller then 5/6

- Just meLv 51 decade ago
by looking at the whole numbers. 2 is greather than 1, so 2.anthing will always be greater than 1.anything

- pnybtLv 41 decade ago
it all started in the 1st grade. they told me that the number 2 was higher than the number 1. and i believed them. it has paid off thru my life. when i asked for 1 of something, i got offered 2 and it was more. now, whenever i buy something, i always get 2.