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Compare 36/5 and 12/42

1st number: 7 1/5, 2nd number: 12/42

36/5 is greater than 12/42

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 5 and 42 is 210
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 5 × 42 = 210,
    36/5 = 36 × 42/5 × 42 = 1512/210
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 42 × 5 = 210,
    12/42 = 12 × 5/42 × 5 = 60/210
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 1512/210 > 60/210 or 36/5 > 12/42

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