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Compare 2/20 and 72/5

1st number: 2/20, 2nd number: 14 2/5

2/20 is smaller than 72/5

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 20 and 5 is 20
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 20 × 1 = 20,
    2/20 = 2 × 1/20 × 1 = 2/20
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 5 × 4 = 20,
    72/5 = 72 × 4/5 × 4 = 288/20
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 2/20 < 288/20 or 2/20 < 72/5

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