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Compare 1/5 and 42/98

1/5 is smaller than 42/98

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 5 and 98 is 490
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 5 × 98 = 490,
    1/5 = 1 × 98/5 × 98 = 98/490
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 98 × 5 = 490,
    42/98 = 42 × 5/98 × 5 = 210/490
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 98/490 < 210/490 or 1/5 < 42/98

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