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Compare 42/36 and 40/72

1st number: 1 6/36, 2nd number: 40/72

42/36 is greater than 40/72

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 36 and 72 is 72

    Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 72
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 36 × 2 = 72,
    42/36 = 42 × 2/36 × 2 = 84/72
  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. 84/72 > 40/72 or 42/36 > 40/72

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