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

10 Answers

  • Pascal
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    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
    1 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.

  • 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
    1 decade ago

    Looking at the whole numbers (1 and 2)

    Improper Faractions (7/3 and 11/6)

    Common Sence

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  • Gaz
    Lv 5
    1 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 will always be less than 2....

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

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

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


  • 1 decade ago

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

    becoz 2 is biger than 1.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

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

  • 1 decade ago

    by looking at the whole numbers. 2 is greather than 1, so 2.anthing will always be greater than 1.anything

  • pnybt
    Lv 4
    1 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.

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