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# What is the ascending order of fractions?

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The ascending order of a group of fractions refers to putting the terms in order from lowest to greatest. The opposite of ascending is descending, which involves ordering the numbers from greatest to smallest.

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In order to put fractions into ascending order, they must first be compared based on size. One way to do this is to compare the numerators directly after making both fractions have a common denominator. This can be done systematically until there are no more fractions in the group. An alternative method is to convert all the fractions to decimals to make comparing by inspection obvious. The numbers can then be converted back to fractions, if desired.

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To subtract fractions, make sure the bottom numbers (denominators) are the same, then subtract the top numbers (numerators) from one another, retaining the denominator and simplifying if required. This process can be done by hand or by using a calculator.

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In everyday life, fractions are used when people tell the time, cook, shop, pay bills and split things up. Fractions are required any time someone needs to work with the parts of something.