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Compare 42/48 and 50/18

1st number: 42/48, 2nd number: 2 14/18

42/48 is smaller than 50/18

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 48 and 18 is 144

    Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 144
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 48 × 3 = 144,
    42/48 = 42 × 3/48 × 3 = 126/144
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 18 × 8 = 144,
    50/18 = 50 × 8/18 × 8 = 400/144
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 126/144 < 400/144 or 42/48 < 50/18

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