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Compare 2/40 and 48/9

1st number: 2/40, 2nd number: 5 3/9

2/40 is smaller than 48/9

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 40 and 9 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 9 × 40 = 360,
    48/9 = 48 × 40/9 × 40 = 1920/360
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 18/360 < 1920/360 or 2/40 < 48/9

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