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Compare 10/18 and 42/32

1st number: 10/18, 2nd number: 1 10/32

10/18 is smaller than 42/32

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 18 and 32 is 288
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 18 × 16 = 288,
    10/18 = 10 × 16/18 × 16 = 160/288
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 32 × 9 = 288,
    42/32 = 42 × 9/32 × 9 = 378/288
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 160/288 < 378/288 or 10/18 < 42/32

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