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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