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Compare Fractions Calculator for Comparing and Ordering Fractions

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Compare Fractions Calculator

This math calculator will compare one fraction with another to determine which is greater. Plus, the fraction comparison calculator will show its work and give a step-by-step summary of how it arrived at the result. The Learn tab includes:

  • How to compare fractions?
  • How to compare fractions with different denominators.
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Selected Data Record:

A Data Record is a set of calculator entries that are stored in your web browser's Local Storage. If a Data Record is currently selected in the "Data" tab, this line will list the name you gave to that data record. If no data record is selected, or you have no entries stored for this calculator, the line will display "None".

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1st Entry

1st entry:

If the entry is a whole number only, leave the numerator and denominator blank. If the entry is a mixed number, enter a positive integer for the whole number, the numerator, and denominator. If the entry is a fraction only, leave the whole number field blank.

2nd Entry

2nd entry:

If the entry is a whole number only, leave the numerator and denominator blank. If the entry is a mixed number, enter a positive integer for the whole number, the numerator, and denominator. If the entry is a fraction only, leave the whole number field blank.

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Greater of fractions:

This is the greater of the two entries. After determining which entry is greater, the compare fractions calculator will show its work and give a detailed explanation of each step it took to arrive at the answer.

If you would like to save the current entries to the secure database, tap or click on the Data tab, select "New Data Record", give the data record a name, then tap or click the Save button. To save changes to previously saved entries, simply tap the Save button. Please select and "Clear" any data records you no longer need.

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About

About the Compare Fractions Calculator

This calculator will compare one entered fraction or mixed number with a second entered fraction or mixed number, and let you know which is greater.

Plus, unlike other online fraction calculators, this calculator will show its work and give a detailed step-by-step explanation as to how it arrived at the answer.

Also, be sure to check out my other online math calculators for help with fractions:

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Instructions

How to use the Compare Fractions Calculator

Step #1:

Enter the whole number, numerator (top) and the denominator (bottom) of the 1st entry.

Step #2:

Enter the whole number, numerator and denominator of the 2nd entry.

Note that for Step #1 and Step #2 you can either enter a whole number only, a mixed number, or a fraction only.

Step #3:

Click the "Compare Fractions" button. This will display the greater of the two fractions and generate a step-by-step explanation showing how the calculator arrived at the result.

Saving Entries:

If your web browser supports Local Storage, you can save your entries to your web browser so won't have to start over on your next visit. Please note that your saved entries can only be retrieved from the same device and web browser you were using when you stored them. If you would like to access your saved entries from any device I invite you to subscribe to the Ad-Free Member Version.

To save your entries to your web browser, click or tap the Data tab in the Help and Tools section (mobile: top right of the main screen), select "New Data Record" from the drop-down menu, enter a name for the data record, and then tap or click the Save button.

To load previously saved entries, click or tap the Data tab and select the saved data record from the drop-down menu. You can then save any changes to your entries by simply clicking the Save button while the data record is selected.

To clear a named set of saved entries, click or tap the Data tab, select the saved data record from the drop-down menu, and then tap or click the Clear button.

Numbers and Decimals:

Only numeric characters (0-9 and decimal points) may be entered in numeric fields. Non-numeric characters (dollar signs, percent signs, commas, etc.) may cause calculation errors. If the field includes a grid icon, tapping the icon will open a popup keypad which will include only the characters allowed in the field. If your device keypad does not include a decimal point, use this popup keypad to enter decimal numbers where applicable.

Popup Tool Tips:

Tap the info (i) icons for a further explanation of each entry field (you can click [X] or outside of the pop-up tool tips to close them). A summary of these explanations, along with any additional term explanations, can also be found under the Terms tab.

Disclaimer:

Since I can't test for every possible combination of numbers, please be sure to double-check the results of this calculator yourself before considering them to be valid. If you do discover an issue with the calculated results, please report the issue using the feedback form located below the calculator.

Scrolling & Shrinking:

In order to scroll the calculator vertically you will need to swipe just outside of the calculator's dark-blue border, or use the window's far right-hand scroll bar, whichever is applicable to your device.

If the top section of the calculator becomes to tall for your viewport, tapping in the "Enter a problem..." field should reset the top section to its original height.

Disclaimer:

The Algebra Calculator is the only calculator on the site that I did not create myself. And since I did not create it, I don't have access to the code for fixing any issues you may be experiencing. So if you are having issues with the calculator, please visit the support page at Mathway.com for assistance.

Glossary

Fields, Terms, and Definitions.

Mixed number:
The combination of a whole number and a fraction, such as 3 1/4 (three and one quarter).
Improper fraction:
A fraction having a numerator that is larger than the denominator, such as 5/3.
Numerators:
The top number for each factor that contains a fraction. If a factor is a whole number only, leave the numerator and denominator fields blank.
Denominators:
The bottom number for each factor that contains a fraction. If a factor is a whole number only, leave the numerator and denominator fields blank.
Least Common Multiple (LCM):
The process used by the compare fractions calculator to find the smallest number that the denominators of two or more fractions will all divide into evenly. This process is necessary for adding, subtracting, or comparing fractions with different denominators.
Reset button:

Clicking the "Reset" button will restore the calculator to its default settings.

Pocket Calculator

Calculate any amounts needed to enter into calculator.

 

Data Management

Save and retrieve entries and notes (requires HTML5 compliant web browser).

Calculator Data

Calculator Data:

If you are using the latest version of your web browser software, this feature will allow you to save your calculator entries to your web browser's local storage in between visits. This means the calculator entries can only be recalled with the same device and web browser you were using when you saved them. If you'd like to save data between devices you will need to subscribe to the Ad-Free Member Version.

Save: To save a new set of calculator entries, select "New Data Record" from the dropdown list, enter a nickname for the data record, then click the "Save" button.

Load: To load a previously saved set of calculator entries, simply select the name of the data record from the dropdown list.

Save Changes: To save changes to a set of previously saved calculator entries, be sure the name of the data record is selected, and then click the "Save" button.

Clear: To clear a saved set of entries, be sure the name of the data record is selected, and then click the "Clear" button.

Backup Data
My Notes:
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Help and Tools

Help and Tools:

This section, which you can Unstick or Hide in the Calculator Preferences (just above the top of the calculator), contains the following tabs (content too long to fit within bordered frame can be scrolled up and down):

About: Click this tab for an introduction to the calculator.

Instructions: Click this tab for step-by-step instructions for using the calculator.

Terms: Click this tab for a list of the descriptions that are located within each popup help button (info icons).

PCalc: Click this tab for a handy "pocket" calculator you can use when you need to calculate an entry needed for the calculator.

Data: Click this tab to save a set of entries or a note in between visits. Entries and notes will be stored to your web browser's local storage (if supported by your browser of choice), meaning they can only be recalled with the same device and web browser you were using when you saved them. If you'd like to save entries and notes between devices you can do so by subscribing to the Ad-Free Member Version.

 

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