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Compare 36/84 and 90/42

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

36/84 is smaller than 90/42

Steps for comparing fractions

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

    Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 84
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 84 × 1 = 84,
    36/84 = 36 × 1/84 × 1 = 36/84
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 42 × 2 = 84,
    90/42 = 90 × 2/42 × 2 = 180/84
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 36/84 < 180/84 or 36/84 < 90/42

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