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Compare 1/5 and 5/9

1/5 is smaller than 5/9

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 5 and 9 is 45
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 5 × 9 = 45,
    1/5 = 1 × 9/5 × 9 = 9/45
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 9 × 5 = 45,
    5/9 = 5 × 5/9 × 5 = 25/45
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 9/45 < 25/45 or 1/5 < 5/9

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