Rational Numbers in Ascending Order

We will learn how to arrange the rational numbers in ascending order.

General method to arrange from smallest to largest rational numbers (increasing):

Step 1: Express the given rational numbers with positive denominator.

Step 2: Take the least common multiple (L.C.M.) of these positive denominator.

Step 3: Express each rational number (obtained in step 1) with this least common multiple (LCM) as the common denominator.

Step 4: The number having the smaller numerator is smaller.

Solved examples on rational numbers in ascending order:

1. Arrange the rational numbers $$\frac{-7}{10}$$, $$\frac{5}{-8}$$ and $$\frac{2}{-3}$$ in ascending order:

Solution:

We first write the given rational numbers so that their denominators are positive.

We have,

$$\frac{5}{-8}$$ = $$\frac{5 × (-1)}{(-8) × (-1)}$$ = $$\frac{-5}{8}$$ and $$\frac{2}{-3}$$ = $$\frac{2 × (-1)}{(-3) × (-1)}$$  = $$\frac{-2}{3}$$

Thus, the given rational numbers with positive denominators are

$$\frac{-7}{10}$$, $$\frac{-5}{8}$$, $$\frac{-2}{3}$$

Now, LCM of the denominators 10, 8 and 3 is 2 × 2 × 2 × 3 × 5 = 120

We now write the numerators so that they have a common denominator 120 as follows:

$$\frac{-7}{10}$$ = $$\frac{(-7) × 12}{10 × 12}$$ = $$\frac{-84}{120}$$,

$$\frac{-5}{8}$$ = $$\frac{(-5) × 15}{8 × 15}$$ = $$\frac{-75}{120}$$ and

$$\frac{-2}{3}$$ = $$\frac{(-2) × 40}{3 × 40}$$ = $$\frac{-80}{120}$$.

Comparing the numerators of these numbers, we get,

- 84 < -80 < -75

Therefore, $$\frac{-84}{120}$$ < $$\frac{-80}{120}$$ < $$\frac{-75}{120}$$ ⇒ $$\frac{-7}{10}$$ < $$\frac{-2}{3}$$ < $$\frac{-5}{8}$$ ⇒ $$\frac{-7}{10}$$ < $$\frac{2}{-3}$$ < $$\frac{5}{-8}$$

Hence, the given numbers when arranged in ascending order are:

$$\frac{-7}{10}$$, $$\frac{2}{-3}$$, $$\frac{5}{-8}$$

2. Arrange the rational numbers $$\frac{5}{8}$$, $$\frac{5}{-6}$$, $$\frac{7}{-4}$$ and $$\frac{3}{5}$$ in ascending order.

Solution:

First we write each one of the given rational numbers with positive denominator.

Clearly, denominators of $$\frac{5}{8}$$ and $$\frac{3}{5}$$ are positive.

The denominators of $$\frac{5}{-6}$$ and $$\frac{7}{-4}$$ are negative.

So, we express $$\frac{5}{-6}$$ and $$\frac{7}{-4}$$ with positive denominator as follows:

$$\frac{5}{-6}$$ = $$\frac{5 × (-1)}{(-6) × (-1)}$$ = $$\frac{-5}{6}$$ and $$\frac{7}{-4}$$ = $$\frac{7 × (-1)}{(-4) × (-1)}$$ = $$\frac{-7}{4}$$

Thus, the given rational numbers with positive denominators are

$$\frac{5}{8}$$, $$\frac{-5}{6}$$, $$\frac{-7}{4}$$ and $$\frac{3}{5}$$

Now, LCM of the denominators 8, 6, 4 and 5 is 2 × 2 × 2 × 3 × 5 = 120

Now we convert each of the rational numbers to their equivalent rational number with common denominator 120 as follows:

$$\frac{5}{8}$$ = $$\frac{5 × 15}{8 × 15}$$, [Multiplying the numerator and denominator by 120 ÷ 8 = 15]

$$\frac{5}{8}$$ = $$\frac{75}{120}$$

$$\frac{-5}{6}$$ = $$\frac{(-5) × 20}{6 × 20}$$, [Multiplying the numerator and denominator by 120 ÷ 6 = 20]

$$\frac{-5}{6}$$ = $$\frac{-100}{120}$$

$$\frac{-7}{4}$$ = $$\frac{(-7) × 30}{4 × 30}$$, [Multiplying the numerator and denominator by 120 ÷ 4 = 30]

$$\frac{-7}{4}$$ = $$\frac{-210}{120}$$ and

$$\frac{3}{5}$$ = $$\frac{3 × 24}{5 × 24}$$, [Multiplying the numerator and denominator by 120 ÷ 5 = 24]

$$\frac{3}{5}$$ = $$\frac{72}{120}$$

Comparing the numerators of these numbers, we get,

-210 < -100 < 72 < 75

Therefore, $$\frac{-210}{120}$$ < $$\frac{-100}{120}$$ < $$\frac{72}{120}$$ < $$\frac{75}{120}$$ ⇒ $$\frac{-7}{4}$$ < $$\frac{-5}{6}$$ < $$\frac{3}{5}$$ < 5/8 ⇒ $$\frac{7}{-4}$$ < $$\frac{5}{-6}$$ < $$\frac{3}{5}$$ < $$\frac{5}{8}$$

Hence, the given numbers when arranged in ascending order are:

$$\frac{7}{-4}$$, $$\frac{5}{-6}$$, $$\frac{3}{5}$$, $$\frac{5}{8}$$.

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