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Compare 5/3 and 2/7

1st number: 1 2/3, 2nd number: 2/7

5/3 is greater than 2/7

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 3 and 7 is 21
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 3 × 7 = 21,
    5/3 = 5 × 7/3 × 7 = 35/21
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 7 × 3 = 21,
    2/7 = 2 × 3/7 × 3 = 6/21
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 35/21 > 6/21 or 5/3 > 2/7

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