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Compare 10/36 and 42/48

10/36 is smaller than 42/48

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 36 and 48 is 144
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 36 × 4 = 144,
    10/36 = 10 × 4/36 × 4 = 40/144
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 48 × 3 = 144,
    42/48 = 42 × 3/48 × 3 = 126/144
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 40/144 < 126/144 or 10/36 < 42/48

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