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Compare 42/15 and 56/40

1st number: 2 12/15, 2nd number: 1 16/40

42/15 is greater than 56/40

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 15 and 40 is 120
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 15 × 8 = 120,
    42/15 = 42 × 8/15 × 8 = 336/120
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 40 × 3 = 120,
    56/40 = 56 × 3/40 × 3 = 168/120
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 336/120 > 168/120 or 42/15 > 56/40

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