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Compare 1/4 and 8/5

1st number: 1/4, 2nd number: 1 3/5

1/4 is smaller than 8/5

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 4 and 5 is 20
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 4 × 5 = 20,
    1/4 = 1 × 5/4 × 5 = 5/20
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 5 × 4 = 20,
    8/5 = 8 × 4/5 × 4 = 32/20
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 5/20 < 32/20 or 1/4 < 8/5

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