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Compare 5/30 and 50/42

1st number: 5/30, 2nd number: 1 8/42

5/30 is smaller than 50/42

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 30 and 42 is 210

    Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 210
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 30 × 7 = 210,
    5/30 = 5 × 7/30 × 7 = 35/210
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 42 × 5 = 210,
    50/42 = 50 × 5/42 × 5 = 250/210
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 35/210 < 250/210 or 5/30 < 50/42

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