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Compare 14/4 and 21/5

1st number: 3 2/4, 2nd number: 4 1/5

14/4 is smaller than 21/5

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 4 and 5 is 20
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 4 × 5 = 20,
    14/4 = 14 × 5/4 × 5 = 70/20
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 5 × 4 = 20,
    21/5 = 21 × 4/5 × 4 = 84/20
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 70/20 < 84/20 or 14/4 < 21/5

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