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Compare 42/15 and 35/72

1st number: 2 12/15, 2nd number: 35/72

42/15 is greater than 35/72

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 15 and 72 is 360

    Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 360
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 15 × 24 = 360,
    42/15 = 42 × 24/15 × 24 = 1008/360
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 72 × 5 = 360,
    35/72 = 35 × 5/72 × 5 = 175/360
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 1008/360 > 175/360 or 42/15 > 35/72

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