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Compare fractions and mixed numbers to find if the are equal, greater or less than each other. (<, > or =) Finds the inequalities. We also have a fractions calculator, simplify fractions calculator and mixed numbers calculator. See additional notes below.

To compare fractions or mixed numbers this calculator first turns mixed numbers into improper fractions, finds the least common denominator (LCD), converts the fractions to equivelant fractions using the LCD, then compares the numerators for equality.

**Example:**

Let's compare 5/6 and 3/8.

Find the LCD. The multiples of 6 are 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, ... and the multiples of 8 are 8, 16, 24, 32, ... The least commen multiple, and therefore the least common denominator, is 24.

Rewrite each fraction as an equivalent fraction using the LCD. For 5/6, 24/6 = 4 so (4 * 5)/(4*6) = 20/24. For 3/8, 24/8 = 3 so (3 * 3)/(3 * 8) = 9/24.

Comparing 20/24 and 9/24, 20/24 > 9/24 so 5/6 > 3/8.

References: Help with Fractions Take The Frustration Out Of Finding The Least Common Denominator

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