Fractions say how many portions of number or any particular value of a whole. It is often called the part or segment or division of any quantity, in other words. It is denoted using the symbol / such as a/b. For example, the number at the top is the numerator in 2/4, whilst the number below is the denominator.
A fraction is a number which describes the equal parts of a whole. Suppose you have to divide a number into four pieces, then it’s expressed as x/4. So here, the fraction, x/4, determines 1/4th of number x.
Rules for comparing fractions
- The greater fraction is the one with the greater numerator
- The greater fraction is the one with the smaller denominator.
1. Compare the fraction 1/5 and ⅓.
1/5 < ⅓
Consider two chocolates. Divide the first chocolate into three pieces, and then the second chocolate into five parts. It is evident from the explanation that 1⁄3 is greater than 1/5.
1/5 = 0.2
⅓ = 0.33