Write the following rational numbers in the descending order.

Question:

Write the following rational numbers in the descending order.

(8/7), (-9/8), (-3/2), 0, (2/5)

Solution:

The LCM of the denominators 7, 8, 2 and 5 is 280

∴ 8/7 = [(8×40)/ (7×40)] = (320/280)

(-9/8) = [(-9×35)/ (8×35)] = (-315/280)

(-3/2) = [(-3×140)/ (2×140)] = (-420/280)

(2/5) = [(2×56)/ (56×56)] = (112/280)

Now, 320 > 112 > 0 > -315 > -420

Hence, ⇒ 8/7 > 2/5 > 0 > -9/8 > -3/2

Descending order 8/7, 2/5, 0, -9/8, -3/2

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