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Compare 42/98 and 60/40

1st number: 42/98, 2nd number: 1 20/40

42/98 is smaller than 60/40

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 98 and 40 is 1960
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 98 × 20 = 1960,
    42/98 = 42 × 20/98 × 20 = 840/1960
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 40 × 49 = 1960,
    60/40 = 60 × 49/40 × 49 = 2940/1960
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 840/1960 < 2940/1960 or 42/98 < 60/40

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