Asha and Samuel have bookshelves of the same size partly filled with books. Asha’s shelf is 5 / 6 th full and Samuel’s shelf is 2/ 5 th full. Whose bookshelf is more full? By what fraction?

Given

Fraction of Asha’s bookshelf = 5 / 6

Fraction of Samuel’s bookshelf = 2 / 5

Find out

We have to determine whose bookshelf is more full

Solution

Will convert the given fractions into like fractions

5 / 6 = 5 / 6 × 5 / 5

= (5 × 5) / (6 × 5)

= 25 / 30

2 / 5 = 2 / 5 × 6 / 6

= (2 × 6) / (5 × 6)

= 12 / 30

25 / 30 > 12 / 30

5 / 6 > 2 / 5

∴ Asha’s bookshelf is more full than Samuel’s bookshelf

Difference = 5 / 6 – 2 / 5

= 25 / 30 – 12 / 30

= 13 / 30

Answer

∴ Asha’s bookshelf is more full than Samuel’s bookshelf by 13/30 fraction

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