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Compare 42/18 and 5/16

1st number: 2 6/18, 2nd number: 5/16

42/18 is greater than 5/16

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 18 and 16 is 144
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 18 × 8 = 144,
    42/18 = 42 × 8/18 × 8 = 336/144
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 16 × 9 = 144,
    5/16 = 5 × 9/16 × 9 = 45/144
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 336/144 > 45/144 or 42/18 > 5/16

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