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Compare 45/18 and 72/36

1st number: 2 9/18, 2nd number: 2 0/36

45/18 is greater than 72/36

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 18 and 36 is 36

    Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 36
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 18 × 2 = 36,
    45/18 = 45 × 2/18 × 2 = 90/36
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 36 × 1 = 36,
    72/36 = 72 × 1/36 × 1 = 72/36
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 90/36 > 72/36 or 45/18 > 72/36

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