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Compare 10/84 and 2/16

10/84 is smaller than 2/16

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 84 and 16 is 336
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 84 × 4 = 336,
    10/84 = 10 × 4/84 × 4 = 40/336
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 16 × 21 = 336,
    2/16 = 2 × 21/16 × 21 = 42/336
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 40/336 < 42/336 or 10/84 < 2/16

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