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Compare 3/50 and 16/30

3/50 is smaller than 16/30

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 50 and 30 is 150
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 50 × 3 = 150,
    3/50 = 3 × 3/50 × 3 = 9/150
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 30 × 5 = 150,
    16/30 = 16 × 5/30 × 5 = 80/150
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 9/150 < 80/150 or 3/50 < 16/30

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