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Compare 20/60 and 21/5

1st number: 20/60, 2nd number: 4 1/5

20/60 is smaller than 21/5

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,
    20/60 = 20 × 1/60 × 1 = 20/60
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 5 × 12 = 60,
    21/5 = 21 × 12/5 × 12 = 252/60
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 20/60 < 252/60 or 20/60 < 21/5

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