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Compare 5/42 and 7/49

5/42 is smaller than 7/49

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 42 and 49 is 294
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 42 × 7 = 294,
    5/42 = 5 × 7/42 × 7 = 35/294
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 49 × 6 = 294,
    7/49 = 7 × 6/49 × 6 = 42/294
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 35/294 < 42/294 or 5/42 < 7/49

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