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Compare 21/18 and 35/16

1st number: 1 3/18, 2nd number: 2 3/16

21/18 is smaller than 35/16

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 18 and 16 is 144
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 18 × 8 = 144,
    21/18 = 21 × 8/18 × 8 = 168/144
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 16 × 9 = 144,
    35/16 = 35 × 9/16 × 9 = 315/144
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 168/144 < 315/144 or 21/18 < 35/16

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