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## 'The Greedy Algorithm' printed from http://nrich.maths.org/

Is your fraction bigger than $\frac{1}{2}$?

If not, is it bigger than $\frac{1}{3}$?

If not, is it bigger than $\frac{1}{4}$?

...

Now subtract the largest unit fraction you can.

Here's another example of the Greedy Algorithm at work...

$\frac{4}{5} = \frac{1}{2} + \frac{3}{10}$

$\frac{3}{10} = \frac{1}{4} + \frac{1}{20}$

so

$\frac{4}{5} = \frac{1}{2} + \frac{1}{4} + \frac{1}{20}$

If you're not sure which is bigger, you could use a calculator and
convert your fractions into decimals.