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Compare 2/45 and 36/42

2/45 is smaller than 36/42

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 45 and 42 is 630
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 45 × 14 = 630,
    2/45 = 2 × 14/45 × 14 = 28/630
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 42 × 15 = 630,
    36/42 = 36 × 15/42 × 15 = 540/630
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 28/630 < 540/630 or 2/45 < 36/42

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