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Compare 36/42 and 60/56

1st number: 36/42, 2nd number: 1 4/56

36/42 is smaller than 60/56

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 42 and 56 is 168

    Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 168
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 42 × 4 = 168,
    36/42 = 36 × 4/42 × 4 = 144/168
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 56 × 3 = 168,
    60/56 = 60 × 3/56 × 3 = 180/168
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 144/168 < 180/168 or 36/42 < 60/56

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