Comparing Fractions with the Same Denominator

A Fraction consists of two numbers separated by a line.

The top number (or numerator) tells how many fractional pieces there are. In the fraction 3/8, we have three pieces.

The denominator of a fraction tells how many pieces an object was divided into. The fraction 3/8 tells us that the whole object was divided into 8 pieces.

If the denominators of two fractions are the same, the fraction with the largest numerator is the larger fraction.

For example 5/8 is larger than 3/8 because all of the pieces are the same and five pieces are more than three pieces.

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