# Rational Numbers in Descending Order

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

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

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 greater numerator is greater.

Solved examples on rational numbers in descending order:

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

Solution:

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

We have;

$$\frac{7}{-10}$$ = $$\frac{7 × (-1)}{(-10) × (-1)}$$ = $$\frac{-7}{10}$$.

Thus, the given number are $$\frac{-3}{5}$$, $$\frac{-7}{10}$$ and $$\frac{-5}{8}$$.

L.C.M. of 5, 10, 8 is 40.

Now, $$\frac{-3}{5}$$ = $$\frac{(-3) × 8}{5 × 8}$$ = $$\frac{-24}{40}$$;

$$\frac{-7}{10}$$ = $$\frac{(-7) × 4}{10 × 4}$$ = $$\frac{-28}{40}$$

and $$\frac{-5}{8}$$ = $$\frac{(-5) × 5}{8 × 5}$$
= $$\frac{-25}{40}$$

Clearly, $$\frac{-24}{40}$$ > $$\frac{-25}{40}$$ > $$\frac{-28}{40}$$

Thus, $$\frac{-3}{5}$$ > $$\frac{-5}{8}$$ > $$\frac{-7}{10}$$, i.e., $$\frac{-3}{5}$$ > $$\frac{-5}{8}$$ > $$\frac{7}{-10}$$

Hence, the given numbers when arranged in descending order are: $$\frac{-3}{5}$$, $$\frac{-5}{8}$$, $$\frac{7}{-10}$$.

2. Arrange the following rational numbers in descending order: $$\frac{4}{9}$$, $$\frac{-5}{6}$$, $$\frac{-7}{-12}$$, $$\frac{11}{-24}$$.

Solution:

First we express the given rational numbers in the form so that their denominators are positive.

We have,

$$\frac{-7}{-12}$$ = $$\frac{(-7) × (-1)}{(-12) × (-1)}$$, [Multiplying the numerator and denominator by -1]

$$\frac{-7}{-12}$$ = $$\frac{7}{12}$$

and $$\frac{11}{-24}$$ = $$\frac{11 × (-1)}{(-24) × (-1)}$$ = $$\frac{-11}{24}$$

Thus, given rational numbers are:

$$\frac{4}{9}$$, $$\frac{-5}{6}$$, $$\frac{7}{12}$$, $$\frac{-11}{24}$$

Now, we find the LCM of 9, 6, 12 and 24.

Required LCM = 2 × 2 × 2 × 3 × 3 = 72.

We now write the rational numbers so that they have a common denominator 72.

We have,

$$\frac{4}{9}$$ = $$\frac{4 × 8}{9 × 8}$$, [Multiplying the numerator and denominator by 72 ÷ 9 = 8]

$$\frac{4}{9}$$ = $$\frac{32}{72}$$

$$\frac{-5}{6}$$ = $$\frac{-5 × 12}{6 × 12}$$, [Multiplying the numerator and denominator by 72 ÷ 6 = 12]

$$\frac{-5}{6}$$ = $$\frac{-60}{72}$$

$$\frac{7}{12}$$ = $$\frac{7 × 6}{12 × 6}$$, [Multiplying the numerator and denominator by 72 ÷ 12 = 6]

$$\frac{7}{12}$$ = $$\frac{42}{72}$$

$$\frac{-11}{24}$$ = $$\frac{-11 × 3}{24 × 3}$$, [Multiplying the numerator and denominator by 72 ÷ 24 = 3]

$$\frac{-11}{24}$$ = $$\frac{-33}{72}$$

Arranging the numerators of these rational numbers in descending order, we have

42 > 32 > -33 > -60

⇒ $$\frac{42}{72}$$ > $$\frac{32}{72}$$ > $$\frac{-33}{72}$$ > $$\frac{-60}{72}$$ ⇒ $$\frac{-7}{-12}$$ > $$\frac{4}{9}$$ > $$\frac{11}{-24}$$ > $$\frac{-5}{6}$$

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

$$\frac{-7}{-12}$$, $$\frac{4}{9}$$, $$\frac{11}{-24}$$, $$\frac{-5}{6}$$.

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