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Compare 45/15 and 72/36

1st number: 3 0/15, 2nd number: 2 0/36

45/15 is greater than 72/36

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 15 and 36 is 180

    Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 180
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 15 × 12 = 180,
    45/15 = 45 × 12/15 × 12 = 540/180
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 36 × 5 = 180,
    72/36 = 72 × 5/36 × 5 = 360/180
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 540/180 > 360/180 or 45/15 > 72/36

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