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Compare 3/2 and 5/3

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

3/2 is smaller than 5/3

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,
    3/2 = 3 × 3/2 × 3 = 9/6
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 3 × 2 = 6,
    5/3 = 5 × 2/3 × 2 = 10/6
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 9/6 < 10/6 or 3/2 < 5/3

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