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Compare 42/16 and 18/24

1st number: 2 10/16, 2nd number: 18/24

42/16 is greater than 18/24

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 16 and 24 is 48
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 16 × 3 = 48,
    42/16 = 42 × 3/16 × 3 = 126/48
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 24 × 2 = 48,
    18/24 = 18 × 2/24 × 2 = 36/48
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 126/48 > 36/48 or 42/16 > 18/24

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