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Compare 1/5 and 42/28

1st number: 1/5, 2nd number: 1 14/28

1/5 is smaller than 42/28

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 5 and 28 is 140
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 5 × 28 = 140,
    1/5 = 1 × 28/5 × 28 = 28/140
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 28 × 5 = 140,
    42/28 = 42 × 5/28 × 5 = 210/140
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 28/140 < 210/140 or 1/5 < 42/28

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