 # EXAMPLE 1 Comparing Fractions Using the LCD SOLUTION Find the least common denominator of the fractions. The LCM of 8 and 12 is 24, so the least common.

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EXAMPLE 1 Comparing Fractions Using the LCD SOLUTION Find the least common denominator of the fractions. The LCM of 8 and 12 is 24, so the least common denominator is 24. STEP 1 STEP 2 Use the least common denominator to write equivalent fractions. 3 8 9 24 = 5 12 = 10 24 Compare and. 3 8 5 12 = 3 3 8 = 5 2 12 2

EXAMPLE 1 STEP 3 Compare the numerators: 9 < 10, so 9 24 < 10 24 Because, you can write. ANSWER 9 24 10 24 < 3 8 < 5 12 Comparing Fractions Using the LCD

GUIDED PRACTICE for Examples 1 Copy and complete the statement with or = 1.1. 2 3 5 8 ?. > > Because, you can write ANSWER 16 24 15 24 2 3 5 8

GUIDED PRACTICE for Examples 1 Copy and complete the statement with or = 2.2. 2 4 15 20 ?. Because, you can write ANSWER 10 20 15 20 < 2 4 < 15 20

GUIDED PRACTICE for Examples 1 Copy and complete the statement with or = 3. 3 10 2 4 ?. Because, you can write ANSWER 6 20 10 20 < 3 10 < 2 4

GUIDED PRACTICE for Examples 1 Copy and complete the statement with or = 4.4. 9 16 11 18 ?. Because, you can write ANSWER 81 144 88 144 < 9 16 < 11 18

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