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Compare 36/32 and 56/18

1st number: 1 4/32, 2nd number: 3 2/18

36/32 is smaller than 56/18

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 32 and 18 is 288
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 32 × 9 = 288,
    36/32 = 36 × 9/32 × 9 = 324/288
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 18 × 16 = 288,
    56/18 = 56 × 16/18 × 16 = 896/288
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 324/288 < 896/288 or 36/32 < 56/18

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