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1^{st} number: 16/42, 2^{nd} number: 2 5/8

1642 is smaller than 218

- Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:

LCM of 42 and 8 is**168**

Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 168 - For the 1st fraction, since 42 × 4 = 168,

1642 = 16 × 442 × 4 = 64168 - Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 8 × 21 = 168,

218 = 21 × 218 × 21 = 441168 - Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
- 64168 < 441168 or 1642 < 218

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