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Compare 1/3 and 3/5

1/3 is smaller than 3/5

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 3 and 5 is 15
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 3 × 5 = 15,
    1/3 = 1 × 5/3 × 5 = 5/15
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 5 × 3 = 15,
    3/5 = 3 × 3/5 × 3 = 9/15
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 5/15 < 9/15 or 1/3 < 3/5

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