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Compare 3/16 and 2/9

3/16 is smaller than 2/9

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 16 and 9 is 144
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 16 × 9 = 144,
    3/16 = 3 × 9/16 × 9 = 27/144
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 9 × 16 = 144,
    2/9 = 2 × 16/9 × 16 = 32/144
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 27/144 < 32/144 or 3/16 < 2/9

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