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Compare 1/5 and 42/70

1/5 is smaller than 42/70

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 5 and 70 is 70
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 5 × 14 = 70,
    1/5 = 1 × 14/5 × 14 = 14/70
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 70 × 1 = 70,
    42/70 = 42 × 1/70 × 1 = 42/70
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 14/70 < 42/70 or 1/5 < 42/70

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