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Compare 5/2 and 2/8

1st number: 2 1/2, 2nd number: 2/8

5/2 is greater than 2/8

Steps for comparing fractions

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

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