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## Definition:

When comparing and sequencing (ordering) parts of whole, numerators (or both numerators and denominators) are considered.

**Ordering**fractions involve*arranging*individual fractions from the lowest value to the highest one, or the other way around.- Ordering fractions starts with the process of
**comparing**one fraction to another, so that the*bigger or smaller parts of a whole can be identified*. - So called
**similar fractions**are those parts of a whole which are expressed with the same denominators, while those with different denominators are called**dissimilar fractions.**

## Summary:

**SIMILAR FRACTIONS**

- In
**similar fractions**, since the denominators are the same, you just have to look into the numerators. - The bigger the numerator equates to bigger fractions, only if they have equivalent denominators.
- Ordering fractions of equal denominators only require arranging the numerators, imagining that they are whole numbers.

**DISSIMILAR FRACTIONS**

- Meanwhile, in
**dissimilar fractions**, there are still two cases: the one with*similar numerator*and the one with*dissimilar numerators.*Dissimilar fractions with similar numerators are easier to compare and order than the other kind. - If two dissimilar fractions have the
*same numerator*, it can easily be said that the one containing the larger value of denominator is smaller, because containing higher value of denominator means that an object is cut into smaller parts. - Dissimilar fractions with dissimilar numerators cannot be instantly determined if one fraction is larger in value than the other just by gazing at it.
- Since the denominators are not equal, comparison is only allowed after they were converted to
*equivalent fractions*, especially if even the numerators are not the same. **Equivalent fractions**are fractions with the same denominators.

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