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Compare 49/9 and 72/40

1st number: 5 4/9, 2nd number: 1 32/40

49/9 is greater than 72/40

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 9 and 40 is 360
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 9 × 40 = 360,
    49/9 = 49 × 40/9 × 40 = 1960/360
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 40 × 9 = 360,
    72/40 = 72 × 9/40 × 9 = 648/360
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 1960/360 > 648/360 or 49/9 > 72/40

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