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Compare 42/56 and 50/18

1st number: 42/56, 2nd number: 2 14/18

42/56 is smaller than 50/18

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 56 and 18 is 504

    Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 504
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 56 × 9 = 504,
    42/56 = 42 × 9/56 × 9 = 378/504
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 18 × 28 = 504,
    50/18 = 50 × 28/18 × 28 = 1400/504
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 378/504 < 1400/504 or 42/56 < 50/18

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