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Compare 21/18 and 5/48

1st number: 1 3/18, 2nd number: 5/48

21/18 is greater than 5/48

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 18 and 48 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 48 × 3 = 144,
    5/48 = 5 × 3/48 × 3 = 15/144
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 168/144 > 15/144 or 21/18 > 5/48

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