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Compare 1/48 and 5/9

1/48 is smaller than 5/9

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 48 and 9 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 9 × 16 = 144,
    5/9 = 5 × 16/9 × 16 = 80/144
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 3/144 < 80/144 or 1/48 < 5/9

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