Common numerators

As long as I’m leveraging Five Triangles posts, here is another recent one worth discussing.

Too often, I think students believe that the only way to compare fractions is to find common denominators.  In this problem, three of the four given denominators are big enough primes that the common denominator approach would result in some painful enough by-hand computations.

But the pattern in the numerators screams for attention.  Why not find some common numerators and compare the fractions that way?  That approach cracks the problem pretty efficiently.

As a bonus, the common numerator approach also shows that the four given fractions are surprisingly close to each other in size.

Keep thinking …

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s