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Question from Mae:

order these from least to greatest:

19/6, 3 5/14, 83/21

Hi Mae,

One of your numbers is written as a mixed number, $3 \large \frac{5}{14},$ and the other two as improper fractions. I would start by writing all three as mixed numbers, for example $\large\frac{19}{6} \normalsize = 3 \large \frac{1}{6}.$ They are all $3$ plus a proper fraction. Use the technique outlines in my response to an earlier question to order the numbers using the proper fraction part.


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