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Compare 3/24 and 56/42

1st number: 3/24, 2nd number: 1 14/42

3/24 is smaller than 56/42

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 24 and 42 is 168
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 24 × 7 = 168,
    3/24 = 3 × 7/24 × 7 = 21/168
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 42 × 4 = 168,
    56/42 = 56 × 4/42 × 4 = 224/168
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 21/168 < 224/168 or 3/24 < 56/42

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