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Compare 14/4 and 84/16

1st number: 3 2/4, 2nd number: 5 4/16

14/4 is smaller than 84/16

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 4 and 16 is 16
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 4 × 4 = 16,
    14/4 = 14 × 4/4 × 4 = 56/16
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 16 × 1 = 16,
    84/16 = 84 × 1/16 × 1 = 84/16
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 56/16 < 84/16 or 14/4 < 84/16

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