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Compare 42/3 and 70/72

1st number: 14 0/3, 2nd number: 70/72

42/3 is greater than 70/72

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 3 and 72 is 72

    Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 72
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 3 × 24 = 72,
    42/3 = 42 × 24/3 × 24 = 1008/72
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 72 × 1 = 72,
    70/72 = 70 × 1/72 × 1 = 70/72
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 1008/72 > 70/72 or 42/3 > 70/72

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