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Compare 1/5 and 1/8

1/5 is greater than 1/8

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 5 and 8 is 40
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 5 × 8 = 40,
    1/5 = 1 × 8/5 × 8 = 8/40
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 8 × 5 = 40,
    1/8 = 1 × 5/8 × 5 = 5/40
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 8/40 > 5/40 or 1/5 > 1/8

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