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Compare 42/24 and 40/72

1st number: 1 18/24, 2nd number: 40/72

42/24 is greater than 40/72

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 24 and 72 is 72

    Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 72
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 24 × 3 = 72,
    42/24 = 42 × 3/24 × 3 = 126/72
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 72 × 1 = 72,
    40/72 = 40 × 1/72 × 1 = 40/72
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 126/72 > 40/72 or 42/24 > 40/72

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