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Compare 42/4 and 50/72

1st number: 10 2/4, 2nd number: 50/72

42/4 is greater than 50/72

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 4 and 72 is 72

    Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 72
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 4 × 18 = 72,
    42/4 = 42 × 18/4 × 18 = 756/72
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 72 × 1 = 72,
    50/72 = 50 × 1/72 × 1 = 50/72
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 756/72 > 50/72 or 42/4 > 50/72

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