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Compare 1/72 and 5/9

1/72 is smaller than 5/9

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 72 and 9 is 72
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 72 × 1 = 72,
    1/72 = 1 × 1/72 × 1 = 1/72
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 9 × 8 = 72,
    5/9 = 5 × 8/9 × 8 = 40/72
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 1/72 < 40/72 or 1/72 < 5/9

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