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Compare 1/6 and 42/40

1st number: 1/6, 2nd number: 1 2/40

1/6 is smaller than 42/40

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 6 and 40 is 120
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 6 × 20 = 120,
    1/6 = 1 × 20/6 × 20 = 20/120
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 40 × 3 = 120,
    42/40 = 42 × 3/40 × 3 = 126/120
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 20/120 < 126/120 or 1/6 < 42/40

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