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Compare 42/56 and 80/12

1st number: 42/56, 2nd number: 6 8/12

42/56 is smaller than 80/12

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 56 and 12 is 168

    Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 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 12 × 14 = 168,
    80/12 = 80 × 14/12 × 14 = 1120/168
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 126/168 < 1120/168 or 42/56 < 80/12

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