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Compare 1/5 and 9/7

1st number: 1/5, 2nd number: 1 2/7

1/5 is smaller than 9/7

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 5 and 7 is 35
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 5 × 7 = 35,
    1/5 = 1 × 7/5 × 7 = 7/35
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 7 × 5 = 35,
    9/7 = 9 × 5/7 × 5 = 45/35
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 7/35 < 45/35 or 1/5 < 9/7

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