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Compare 14/40 and 42/5

1st number: 14/40, 2nd number: 8 2/5

14/40 is smaller than 42/5

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 40 and 5 is 40
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 40 × 1 = 40,
    14/40 = 14 × 1/40 × 1 = 14/40
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 5 × 8 = 40,
    42/5 = 42 × 8/5 × 8 = 336/40
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 14/40 < 336/40 or 14/40 < 42/5

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