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Compare 1/6 and 42/56

1/6 is smaller than 42/56

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 6 and 56 is 168
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 6 × 28 = 168,
    1/6 = 1 × 28/6 × 28 = 28/168
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 56 × 3 = 168,
    42/56 = 42 × 3/56 × 3 = 126/168
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 28/168 < 126/168 or 1/6 < 42/56

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