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Compare 1/3 and 4/9

1/3 is smaller than 4/9

Steps for comparing fractions

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

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