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Compare 42/56 and 80/36

1st number: 42/56, 2nd number: 2 8/36

42/56 is smaller than 80/36

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 56 and 36 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 36 × 14 = 504,
    80/36 = 80 × 14/36 × 14 = 1120/504
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 378/504 < 1120/504 or 42/56 < 80/36

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