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Compare 42/60 and 50/36

1st number: 42/60, 2nd number: 1 14/36

42/60 is smaller than 50/36

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 60 and 36 is 180

    Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 180
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 60 × 3 = 180,
    42/60 = 42 × 3/60 × 3 = 126/180
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 36 × 5 = 180,
    50/36 = 50 × 5/36 × 5 = 250/180
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 126/180 < 250/180 or 42/60 < 50/36

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