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Compare 2/60 and 42/5

1st number: 2/60, 2nd number: 8 2/5

2/60 is smaller than 42/5

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 60 and 5 is 60
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 60 × 1 = 60,
    2/60 = 2 × 1/60 × 1 = 2/60
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 5 × 12 = 60,
    42/5 = 42 × 12/5 × 12 = 504/60
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 2/60 < 504/60 or 2/60 < 42/5

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