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Compare 1/2 and 5/6

1/2 is smaller than 5/6

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 2 and 6 is 6
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 2 × 3 = 6,
    1/2 = 1 × 3/2 × 3 = 3/6
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 6 × 1 = 6,
    5/6 = 5 × 1/6 × 1 = 5/6
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 3/6 < 5/6 or 1/2 < 5/6

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