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Compare 1/49 and 5/9

1/49 is smaller than 5/9

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 49 and 9 is 441
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 49 × 9 = 441,
    1/49 = 1 × 9/49 × 9 = 9/441
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 9 × 49 = 441,
    5/9 = 5 × 49/9 × 49 = 245/441
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 9/441 < 245/441 or 1/49 < 5/9

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