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Compare 42/54 and 50/42

1st number: 42/54, 2nd number: 1 8/42

42/54 is smaller than 50/42

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 54 and 42 is 378

    Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 378
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 54 × 7 = 378,
    42/54 = 42 × 7/54 × 7 = 294/378
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 42 × 9 = 378,
    50/42 = 50 × 9/42 × 9 = 450/378
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 294/378 < 450/378 or 42/54 < 50/42

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