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Compare 1/4 and 5/9

1/4 is smaller than 5/9

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 4 and 9 is 36
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 4 × 9 = 36,
    1/4 = 1 × 9/4 × 9 = 9/36
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 9 × 4 = 36,
    5/9 = 5 × 4/9 × 4 = 20/36
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 9/36 < 20/36 or 1/4 < 5/9

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