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Compare 14/72 and 48/40

1st number: 14/72, 2nd number: 1 8/40

14/72 is smaller than 48/40

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 72 and 40 is 360
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 72 × 5 = 360,
    14/72 = 14 × 5/72 × 5 = 70/360
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 40 × 9 = 360,
    48/40 = 48 × 9/40 × 9 = 432/360
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 70/360 < 432/360 or 14/72 < 48/40

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