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Compare 36/48 and 21/20

1st number: 36/48, 2nd number: 1 1/20

36/48 is smaller than 21/20

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 48 and 20 is 240
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 48 × 5 = 240,
    36/48 = 36 × 5/48 × 5 = 180/240
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 20 × 12 = 240,
    21/20 = 21 × 12/20 × 12 = 252/240
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 180/240 < 252/240 or 36/48 < 21/20

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