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Compare 18/40 and 40/56

18/40 is smaller than 40/56

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 40 and 56 is 280
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 40 × 7 = 280,
    18/40 = 18 × 7/40 × 7 = 126/280
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 56 × 5 = 280,
    40/56 = 40 × 5/56 × 5 = 200/280
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 126/280 < 200/280 or 18/40 < 40/56

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