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Compare 49/4 and 20/16

1st number: 12 1/4, 2nd number: 1 4/16

49/4 is greater than 20/16

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 4 and 16 is 16
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 4 × 4 = 16,
    49/4 = 49 × 4/4 × 4 = 196/16
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 16 × 1 = 16,
    20/16 = 20 × 1/16 × 1 = 20/16
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 196/16 > 20/16 or 49/4 > 20/16

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