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542 is smaller than 5684

- Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:

LCM of 42 and 84 is**84**

Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 84 - For the 1st fraction, since 42 × 2 = 84,

542 = 5 × 242 × 2 = 1084 - Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 84 × 1 = 84,

5684 = 56 × 184 × 1 = 5684 - Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
- 1084 < 5684 or 542 < 5684

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