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Compare 42/56 and 14/3

1st number: 42/56, 2nd number: 4 2/3

42/56 is smaller than 14/3

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 56 and 3 is 168
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 56 × 3 = 168,
    42/56 = 42 × 3/56 × 3 = 126/168
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 3 × 56 = 168,
    14/3 = 14 × 56/3 × 56 = 784/168
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 126/168 < 784/168 or 42/56 < 14/3

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