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Compare 49/40 and 20/8

1st number: 1 9/40, 2nd number: 2 4/8

49/40 is smaller than 20/8

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 40 and 8 is 40
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 40 × 1 = 40,
    49/40 = 49 × 1/40 × 1 = 49/40
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 8 × 5 = 40,
    20/8 = 20 × 5/8 × 5 = 100/40
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 49/40 < 100/40 or 49/40 < 20/8

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