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Compare 15/8 and 16/7

1st number: 1 7/8, 2nd number: 2 2/7

15/8 is smaller than 16/7

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 8 and 7 is 56
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 8 × 7 = 56,
    15/8 = 15 × 7/8 × 7 = 105/56
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 7 × 8 = 56,
    16/7 = 16 × 8/7 × 8 = 128/56
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 105/56 < 128/56 or 15/8 < 16/7

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