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Compare 10/3 and 84/16

1st number: 3 1/3, 2nd number: 5 4/16

10/3 is smaller than 84/16

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 3 and 16 is 48
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 3 × 16 = 48,
    10/3 = 10 × 16/3 × 16 = 160/48
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 16 × 3 = 48,
    84/16 = 84 × 3/16 × 3 = 252/48
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 160/48 < 252/48 or 10/3 < 84/16

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