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

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• Pascal
Lv 7

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.

• Aliz
Lv 6

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

• 4 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

• Anonymous

Looking at the whole numbers (1 and 2)

Improper Faractions (7/3 and 11/6)

Common Sence

• Gaz
Lv 5

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....

• Anonymous

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

Anabel

2 1/3 is biger than 1 5/6.

becoz 2 is biger than 1.

• Anonymous

the 2 is bigger then 1....but 1/3 is smaller then 5/6