5th grade Mathematics

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Nena thinks that because 4 < 6, it must also be true that 1/4 < 1/6.  Explain to Nena why this is incorrect.

Sep 2nd, 2015

Thank you for the opportunity to help you with your question!

It is true that 4 is less than 6.  You can see this by ordering the numbers and which is lowest:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6      You can see that 4<6

The second part of the statement is false, 1/4 is not less than 1/6.  You can also see this by ordering fractions from smallest to largest:

1/6, 1/5, 1/4, 1/3, 1/2, 1/1    You can see that 1/6 is less than 1/4

A simple rule for fractions: The greater the number in the denominator, the smaller the entire number.

For example: If you eat 1/6 of a pizza, that is less than eating 1/4 of a pizza, to help you visualize it better.




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Sep 2nd, 2015

THX YOU HELPS ALOT! 

Sep 2nd, 2015

You're welcome, let me know if you have any other questions :)

Sep 2nd, 2015

Thank your for your help, my grandson was so happy, he said to me "Oh now I understand the question, my brain froze for 10 mins".  Thank you soooo much again.  Have a good night.

Sep 2nd, 2015

lol no problem, always happy to help! :)

Sep 2nd, 2015

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