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Compare 5/2 and 7/9

1st number: 2 1/2, 2nd number: 7/9

5/2 is greater than 7/9

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 2 and 9 is 18
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 2 × 9 = 18,
    5/2 = 5 × 9/2 × 9 = 45/18
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 9 × 2 = 18,
    7/9 = 7 × 2/9 × 2 = 14/18
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 45/18 > 14/18 or 5/2 > 7/9

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