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Compare 2/56 and 21/5

1st number: 2/56, 2nd number: 4 1/5

2/56 is smaller than 21/5

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 56 and 5 is 280
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 56 × 5 = 280,
    2/56 = 2 × 5/56 × 5 = 10/280
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 5 × 56 = 280,
    21/5 = 21 × 56/5 × 56 = 1176/280
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 10/280 < 1176/280 or 2/56 < 21/5

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