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Compare 42/8 and 18/72

1st number: 5 2/8, 2nd number: 18/72

42/8 is greater than 18/72

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 8 and 72 is 72
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 8 × 9 = 72,
    42/8 = 42 × 9/8 × 9 = 378/72
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 72 × 1 = 72,
    18/72 = 18 × 1/72 × 1 = 18/72
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 378/72 > 18/72 or 42/8 > 18/72

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