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Compare 18/42 and 45/84

18/42 is smaller than 45/84

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 42 and 84 is 84

    Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 84
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 42 × 2 = 84,
    18/42 = 18 × 2/42 × 2 = 36/84
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 84 × 1 = 84,
    45/84 = 45 × 1/84 × 1 = 45/84
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 36/84 < 45/84 or 18/42 < 45/84

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