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Compare 36/42 and 90/84

1st number: 36/42, 2nd number: 1 6/84

36/42 is smaller than 90/84

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 42 and 84 is 84

    Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 84
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 42 × 2 = 84,
    36/42 = 36 × 2/42 × 2 = 72/84
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 84 × 1 = 84,
    90/84 = 90 × 1/84 × 1 = 90/84
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 72/84 < 90/84 or 36/42 < 90/84

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