Compare and sort in ascending order the two ordinary fractions, which one is larger: 3/16 vs. 1/4. Ordinary fractions compared and sorted in ascending order, result explained below

The operation of comparing fractions:
3/16 vs. 1/4

Reduce (simplify) fractions to their lowest terms equivalents:

3/16 already reduced to the lowest terms;
the numerator and the denominator have no common prime factors:
3 is a prime number;
16 = 24;


1/4 already reduced to the lowest terms;
the numerator and the denominator have no common prime factors:
1 cannot be factored into other prime factors;
4 = 22;


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To sort fractions, build them up to the same numerator.

Expand the fraction that has 1 as a numerator


Multiply the numerator and the denominator by the same number:


1/4 = (3 × 1)/(3 × 4) = 3/12;


The fractions have the same numerator, compare their denominators.

The larger the denominator the smaller the positive fraction.

::: Comparing operation :::
The final answer:

The fractions sorted in ascending order:
3/16 < 3/12

The initial fractions in ascending order:
3/16 < 1/4

Compare and sort the fractions in ascending order:
1/4 vs. 8/10


Symbols: / fraction bar; ÷ divide; × multiply; + plus; - minus; = equal; < less than;

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The latest fractions compared and sorted in ascending order

3/16 < 1/4 Jul 04 01:56 UTC (GMT)
- 39/10 < - 42/18 Jul 04 01:56 UTC (GMT)
- 71/98 < - 55/91 < - 58/100 Jul 04 01:56 UTC (GMT)
11/28 < 11/12 Jul 04 01:56 UTC (GMT)
- 12/16 < - 14/23 Jul 04 01:56 UTC (GMT)
1/5 < 2/9 < 2/7 < 4/11 Jul 04 01:56 UTC (GMT)
- 27/117 < - 17/107 Jul 04 01:56 UTC (GMT)
23/125 < 30/24 < 29/20 < 33/20 < 25/13 < 216/22 Jul 04 01:56 UTC (GMT)
- 35/52 < - 25/45 Jul 04 01:56 UTC (GMT)
19/44 < 16/37 Jul 04 01:56 UTC (GMT)
12/35 < 8/15 Jul 04 01:56 UTC (GMT)
13/9 < 12/7 Jul 04 01:56 UTC (GMT)
39/50 = 78/100 Jul 04 01:56 UTC (GMT)
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Tutoring: Comparing ordinary fractions

How to compare two fractions?

1. Fractions that have different signs:

  • Any positive fraction is larger than any negative fraction:
  • ie: 4/25 > - 19/2

2. A proper and an improper fraction:

  • Any positive improper fraction is larger than any positive proper fraction:
  • ie: 44/25 > 1 > 19/200
  • Any negative improper fraction is smaller than any negative proper fraction:
  • ie: - 44/25 < -1 < - 19/200

3. Fractions that have both like numerators and denominators:

  • The fractions are equal:
  • ie: 89/50 = 89/50

4. Fractions that have unlike (different) numerators but like (equal) denominators.

  • Positive fractions: compare the numerators, the larger fraction is the one with the larger numerator:
  • ie: 24/25 > 19/25
  • Negative fractions: compare the numerators, the larger fraction is the one with the smaller numerator:
  • ie: - 19/25 < - 17/25

5. Fractions that have unlike (different) denominators but like (equal) numerators.

  • Positive fractions: compare the denominators, the larger fraction is the one with the smaller denominator:
  • ie: 24/25 > 24/26
  • Negative fractions: compare the denominators, the larger fraction is the one with the larger denominator:
  • ie: - 17/25 < - 17/29

6. Fractions that have different denominators and numerators (unlike denominators and numerators).

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