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Compare 2/40 and 24/18

1st number: 2/40, 2nd number: 1 6/18

2/40 is smaller than 24/18

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 40 and 18 is 360
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 40 × 9 = 360,
    2/40 = 2 × 9/40 × 9 = 18/360
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 18 × 20 = 360,
    24/18 = 24 × 20/18 × 20 = 480/360
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 18/360 < 480/360 or 2/40 < 24/18

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