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Compare 2/5 and 8/18

2/5 is smaller than 8/18

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 5 and 18 is 90
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 5 × 18 = 90,
    2/5 = 2 × 18/5 × 18 = 36/90
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 18 × 5 = 90,
    8/18 = 8 × 5/18 × 5 = 40/90
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 36/90 < 40/90 or 2/5 < 8/18

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