How do I tell which fraction is smaller? 18/6 or 17/4?

Anonymous 01/08/2018. 15 answers
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15 Answers


Jim Moor 01/09/2018.

There's like 3 different techniques:

Convert to decimal

Convert to common denominators

Butterfly method

I like the Butterfly Method best

18*4 = 64 ...vs... 17*6= 102

So 17/4 is greater.


busterwasmycat 01/11/2018.

I usually convert them into the same denominator and compare the numerators that result.

Is 1/3 greater than 1/2? convert into sixths (2x3) and see. 1/3=2/6; 1/2=3/6.


MICHAEL K 01/09/2018.

divide the top number by the bottom number. 18/6 = 3 which is smaller than 4 1/4.


sepia 01/09/2018.

18/6 = 3 and 17/4 = 4 1/4

18/6 < 17/4


Saroj 01/09/2018.

The LCM of the two denominators 6 and 4 = 12.

The fractions are to be converted to a common denominator.

So, 18/6 = 36/12 and 17/4 = 51/12.

By comparing both, it is found that 36/12 = 18/6 is smaller . (Ans.)


DWRead 01/09/2018.

Reduce to lowest terms.

18/6 = 3

17/4 = 4¼


Johnathan 01/09/2018.

Just simply divide. 6 goes into 18 thrice; 4 into 17 4 times with a remainder of 1. 18/6 < 17/4.


Nancy 01/09/2018.

divide! 18/6 = 3.00 17/4 = 4.25


Thought 83 01/09/2018.

Do the division and find out.


Mike G 01/09/2018.

18/6 = 3

17/4 = 4 1/4


Jake No Chat 01/09/2018.

Change to a common denominator, then the fraction with the smaller numerator will be the smallest fraction.

For your specific question, a common denominator would be 12.

18/6 = 36/12, and

17/4 = 51/12.

So, of those 2 fractions, 18/6 is smaller.


Anonymous 01/09/2018.

Haha. Joke?

18/6 is exactly 3

17/4 is 4 and a quarter

So 18/6 is smaller.


Dave ǝᴉɯɐſ 01/09/2018.

18 divided by 6 = 3

17 divided by 4 = 4.25

17/4 is larger


Bill B 01/09/2018.

What number do both 6 and 4 go into evenly? Hint: It's after 11 and before 13.

How many times does 6 go into that number? Multiply both the numerator and the denominator by that number.

How many times does 4 go into that number? Multiply both the numerator and the denominator by that number.

You will have your answer.

OR you could just do the math (18 divided by 6 and 17 divided by 4). Whichever gives you the smaller number is the smaller fraction.


GTB 01/09/2018.

convert both to the same common denominator

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