# Which is the smallest of #3/5#, #10/17#, #15/54#, #60/121# ?

##### 2 Answers

#### Explanation:

Decreasing the numerator and/or increasing the denominator decreases the fraction.

So:

#3/5 > 2/6 = 1/3#

#10/17 > 6/18 = 1/3#

#60/121 > 41/123 = 1/3#

#15/54 < 15/45 = 1/3#

So:

#### Explanation:

Often the easiest way to compare amounts is to give them all a common denominator.

Usually the easiest common denominator is a decimal, which you can find on a calculator.

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In order from smallest to largest:

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Sometimes even the decimals themselves are confusing.

One thing that helps is to put each answer as MONEY.

Most people understand money very well! LOL!

(These values have been rounded to the nearest cent.)

Now it is easy to see which one is the smallest and which one is the largest, and it's easy to put them in order.