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Compare 1/2 and 8/3

1st number: 1/2, 2nd number: 2 2/3

1/2 is smaller than 8/3

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 2 and 3 is 6
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 2 × 3 = 6,
    1/2 = 1 × 3/2 × 3 = 3/6
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 3 × 2 = 6,
    8/3 = 8 × 2/3 × 2 = 16/6
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 3/6 < 16/6 or 1/2 < 8/3

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