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Compare 42/8 and 40/9

1st number: 5 2/8, 2nd number: 4 4/9

42/8 is greater than 40/9

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 8 and 9 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 9 × 8 = 72,
    40/9 = 40 × 8/9 × 8 = 320/72
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 378/72 > 320/72 or 42/8 > 40/9

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