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Compare 42/24 and 14/3

1st number: 1 18/24, 2nd number: 4 2/3

42/24 is smaller than 14/3

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 24 and 3 is 24
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 24 × 1 = 24,
    42/24 = 42 × 1/24 × 1 = 42/24
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 3 × 8 = 24,
    14/3 = 14 × 8/3 × 8 = 112/24
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 42/24 < 112/24 or 42/24 < 14/3

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