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Compare 3/36 and 56/42

1st number: 3/36, 2nd number: 1 14/42

3/36 is smaller than 56/42

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 36 and 42 is 252
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 36 × 7 = 252,
    3/36 = 3 × 7/36 × 7 = 21/252
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 42 × 6 = 252,
    56/42 = 56 × 6/42 × 6 = 336/252
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 21/252 < 336/252 or 3/36 < 56/42

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