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Compare 42/12 and 80/36

1st number: 3 6/12, 2nd number: 2 8/36

42/12 is greater than 80/36

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 12 and 36 is 36

    Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 36
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 12 × 3 = 36,
    42/12 = 42 × 3/12 × 3 = 126/36
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 36 × 1 = 36,
    80/36 = 80 × 1/36 × 1 = 80/36
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 126/36 > 80/36 or 42/12 > 80/36

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