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Compare 3/50 and 16/20

3/50 is smaller than 16/20

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 50 and 20 is 100
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 50 × 2 = 100,
    3/50 = 3 × 2/50 × 2 = 6/100
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 20 × 5 = 100,
    16/20 = 16 × 5/20 × 5 = 80/100
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 6/100 < 80/100 or 3/50 < 16/20

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