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In Introduction to Fractions, we learned that fractions are a way of showing part of something. Fractions are useful, since they let us tell exactly how much we have of something. Some fractions are larger than others. For example, which is larger: 6/8 of a pizza or 7/8 of a pizza?
In this image, we can see that 7/8 is larger. The illustration makes it easy to compare these fractions. But how could we have done it without the pictures?
Click through the slideshow to learn how to compare fractions.
Earlier, we saw that fractions have two parts.
One part is the top number, or numerator.
The other is the bottom number, or denominator.
The denominator tells us how many parts are in a whole.
The numerator tells us how many of those parts we have.
When fractions have the same denominator, it means they're split into the same number of parts.
This means we can compare these fractions just by looking at the numerator.
Here, 5 is more than 4...
Here, 5 is more than 4...so we can tell that 5/6 is more than 4/6.
Let's look at another example. Which of these is larger: 2/8 or 6/8?
If you thought 6/8 was larger, you were right!
Both fractions have the same denominator.
So we compared the numerators. 6 is larger than 2, so 6/8 is more than 2/8.
As you saw, if two or more fractions have the same denominator, you can compare them by looking at their numerators. As you can see below, 3/4 is larger than 1/4. The larger the numerator, the larger the fraction.