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Compare 42/50 and 80/36

1st number: 42/50, 2nd number: 2 8/36

42/50 is smaller than 80/36

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 50 and 36 is 900

    Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 900
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 50 × 18 = 900,
    42/50 = 42 × 18/50 × 18 = 756/900
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 36 × 25 = 900,
    80/36 = 80 × 25/36 × 25 = 2000/900
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 756/900 < 2000/900 or 42/50 < 80/36

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