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Compare 12/42 and 45/10

1st number: 12/42, 2nd number: 4 5/10

12/42 is smaller than 45/10

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 42 and 10 is 210
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 42 × 5 = 210,
    12/42 = 12 × 5/42 × 5 = 60/210
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 10 × 21 = 210,
    45/10 = 45 × 21/10 × 21 = 945/210
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 60/210 < 945/210 or 12/42 < 45/10

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