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Compare 15/42 and 50/48

1st number: 15/42, 2nd number: 1 2/48

15/42 is smaller than 50/48

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 42 and 48 is 336

    Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 336
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 42 × 8 = 336,
    15/42 = 15 × 8/42 × 8 = 120/336
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 48 × 7 = 336,
    50/48 = 50 × 7/48 × 7 = 350/336
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 120/336 < 350/336 or 15/42 < 50/48

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