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242 is smaller than 3572

- Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:

LCM of 42 and 72 is**504**

Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 504 - For the 1st fraction, since 42 × 12 = 504,

242 = 2 × 1242 × 12 = 24504 - Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 72 × 7 = 504,

3572 = 35 × 772 × 7 = 245504 - Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
- 24504 < 245504 or 242 < 3572

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