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Compare 42/72 and 50/18

1st number: 42/72, 2nd number: 2 14/18

42/72 is smaller than 50/18

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 72 and 18 is 72

    Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 72
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 72 × 1 = 72,
    42/72 = 42 × 1/72 × 1 = 42/72
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 18 × 4 = 72,
    50/18 = 50 × 4/18 × 4 = 200/72
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 42/72 < 200/72 or 42/72 < 50/18

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