# Equality of Rational Numbers with Common Denominator

We will learn about the equality of rational numbers with common denominator.

How to determine whether the two given rational numbers are equal or not with the common denominator?

We know there are many methods to determine the equality of two rational numbers but here we will learn the method of equality of two rational numbers with the same denominator.

In this method, denominators of the given rational numbers are made equal by using the following steps:

Step I: Obtain the two numbers.

Step II: Multiply the numerator and denominator of the first number by the denominator of the second number.

Step III: Multiply the numerator and denominator of the second number by the denominator of the first number.

Step IV: Check the numerators of the two numbers obtained in steps II and III.  If their numerators are equal, then the given rational numbers are equal, otherwise they are not equal.

Solved examples:

1. Are the rational numbers $$\frac{-9}{12}$$ and $$\frac{21}{-28}$$ equal?

Solution:

Multiplying the numerator and denominator of $$\frac{-9}{12}$$ by the denominator of $$\frac{21}{-28}$$ i.e. by -28, we get

$$\frac{-9}{12}$$ = $$\frac{(-9) × (-28)}{12 × (-28)}$$ = $$\frac{252}{-336}$$

Multiplying the numerator and denominator of $$\frac{21}{-28}$$ by the denominator of $$\frac{-9}{12}$$ i.e., by 12, we get

$$\frac{21}{-28}$$ = $$\frac{21 × 12}{(-28) × 12}$$ = $$\frac{252}{-336}$$

Clearly, the numerators of the above obtained rational numbers are equal.

Therefore, the given rational numbers $$\frac{-9}{12}$$ and $$\frac{21}{-28}$$ are equal.

2. Show that the rational numbers $$\frac{-6}{8}$$ and $$\frac{10}{-15}$$ are not equal.

Solution:

Multiplying the numerator and denominator of $$\frac{-6}{8}$$ by the denominator of $$\frac{10}{-15}$$ i.e. -15, we get

$$\frac{-6}{8}$$ = $$\frac{(-6) × (-15)}{8 × (-15)}$$ = $$\frac{90}{-120}$$

Multiplying the numerator and denominator of $$\frac{10}{-15}$$ by the denominator of $$\frac{-6}{8}$$ i.e. 8, we get

$$\frac{10}{-15}$$ = $$\frac{10 × 8}{(-15) × 8}$$ = $$\frac{80}{-120}$$

We find that the numerators of rational numbers $$\frac{90}{-120}$$ and $$\frac{80}{-120}$$ are unequal.

Therefore, the given rational numbers $$\frac{-6}{8}$$ and $$\frac{10}{-15}$$ are unequal.

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