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Compare 16/4 and 40/5

1st number: 4 0/4, 2nd number: 8 0/5

16/4 is smaller than 40/5

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 4 and 5 is 20
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 4 × 5 = 20,
    16/4 = 16 × 5/4 × 5 = 80/20
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 5 × 4 = 20,
    40/5 = 40 × 4/5 × 4 = 160/20
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 80/20 < 160/20 or 16/4 < 40/5

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