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**one**-

**third**is NOT more

**thanone**-

**half**.

**One**-

**half**is more

**thanone**-

**third**. Because the two fractions,

**1**/

**3**and

**1/2**, have the same numerator(remember,

Similarly, which is more 1 2 or 1 3 or less?

Fractions are a part of every-day life and they are alsoused in science. A fraction with the same numerator (number on top)as another but with a **smaller** denominator (number on bottom)is a **larger** number. For example **1/2** is bigger **than1/3** which is bigger **than** 1/4, etc.

**If**the denominators are the same, then the

**fraction**with the

**greater**numerator is the

**greaterfraction**. The

**fraction**with the

**lesser**numeratoris the

**lesser fraction**. And, as noted above,

**if**thenumerators are equal, the

**fractions**are equivalent. Use <or > to compare the two

**fractions**and .

Hereof, what is the difference between one half and one third?

If the whole is divided into two equal parts, each partis **a HALF**. **A half** is obtained by dividing **a**whole (1) by 2. If the whole is divided into three equal parts,each part is **a THIRD**. **A third** is obtained by dividing**a** whole (1) by 3.

As you saw, if **two** or more **fractions** havethe same denominator, you can compare them by looking at theirnumerators. As you can see below, **3**/**4** is**larger** than **1**/**4**. The **larger** thenumerator, the **larger** the **fraction**.