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Compare 14/24 and 21/5

1st number: 14/24, 2nd number: 4 1/5

14/24 is smaller than 21/5

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 24 and 5 is 120
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 24 × 5 = 120,
    14/24 = 14 × 5/24 × 5 = 70/120
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 5 × 24 = 120,
    21/5 = 21 × 24/5 × 24 = 504/120
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 70/120 < 504/120 or 14/24 < 21/5

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