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Compare 2/4 and 42/25

1st number: 2/4, 2nd number: 1 17/25

2/4 is smaller than 42/25

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 4 and 25 is 100
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 4 × 25 = 100,
    2/4 = 2 × 25/4 × 25 = 50/100
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 25 × 4 = 100,
    42/25 = 42 × 4/25 × 4 = 168/100
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 50/100 < 168/100 or 2/4 < 42/25

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