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Compare 42/40 and 50/18

1st number: 1 2/40, 2nd number: 2 14/18

42/40 is smaller than 50/18

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 40 and 18 is 360

    Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 360
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 40 × 9 = 360,
    42/40 = 42 × 9/40 × 9 = 378/360
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 18 × 20 = 360,
    50/18 = 50 × 20/18 × 20 = 1000/360
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 378/360 < 1000/360 or 42/40 < 50/18

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