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Compare 42/8 and 42/3

1st number: 5 2/8, 2nd number: 14 0/3

42/8 is smaller than 42/3

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 8 and 3 is 24
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 8 × 3 = 24,
    42/8 = 42 × 3/8 × 3 = 126/24
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 3 × 8 = 24,
    42/3 = 42 × 8/3 × 8 = 336/24
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 126/24 < 336/24 or 42/8 < 42/3

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