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Compare 1/48 and 5/18

1/48 is smaller than 5/18

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 48 and 18 is 144
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 48 × 3 = 144,
    1/48 = 1 × 3/48 × 3 = 3/144
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 18 × 8 = 144,
    5/18 = 5 × 8/18 × 8 = 40/144
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 3/144 < 40/144 or 1/48 < 5/18

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