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Compare 12/24 and 42/10

1st number: 12/24, 2nd number: 4 2/10

12/24 is smaller than 42/10

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 24 and 10 is 120
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 24 × 5 = 120,
    12/24 = 12 × 5/24 × 5 = 60/120
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 10 × 12 = 120,
    42/10 = 42 × 12/10 × 12 = 504/120
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 60/120 < 504/120 or 12/24 < 42/10

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