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Compare 5/3 and 80/42

1st number: 1 2/3, 2nd number: 1 38/42

5/3 is smaller than 80/42

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 3 and 42 is 42

    Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 42
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 3 × 14 = 42,
    5/3 = 5 × 14/3 × 14 = 70/42
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 42 × 1 = 42,
    80/42 = 80 × 1/42 × 1 = 80/42
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 70/42 < 80/42 or 5/3 < 80/42

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