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Compare 5/6 and 21/16

1st number: 5/6, 2nd number: 1 5/16

5/6 is smaller than 21/16

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 6 and 16 is 48
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 6 × 8 = 48,
    5/6 = 5 × 8/6 × 8 = 40/48
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 16 × 3 = 48,
    21/16 = 21 × 3/16 × 3 = 63/48
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 40/48 < 63/48 or 5/6 < 21/16

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