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Compare 42/10 and 80/36

1st number: 4 2/10, 2nd number: 2 8/36

42/10 is greater than 80/36

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 10 and 36 is 180

    Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 180
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 10 × 18 = 180,
    42/10 = 42 × 18/10 × 18 = 756/180
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 36 × 5 = 180,
    80/36 = 80 × 5/36 × 5 = 400/180
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 756/180 > 400/180 or 42/10 > 80/36

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