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Compare 24/8 and 16/5

1st number: 3 0/8, 2nd number: 3 1/5

24/8 is smaller than 16/5

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 8 and 5 is 40
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 8 × 5 = 40,
    24/8 = 24 × 5/8 × 5 = 120/40
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 5 × 8 = 40,
    16/5 = 16 × 8/5 × 8 = 128/40
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 120/40 < 128/40 or 24/8 < 16/5

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