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Compare 50/16 and 8/42

1st number: 3 2/16, 2nd number: 8/42

50/16 is greater than 8/42

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 16 and 42 is 336

    Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 336
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 16 × 21 = 336,
    50/16 = 50 × 21/16 × 21 = 1050/336
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 42 × 8 = 336,
    8/42 = 8 × 8/42 × 8 = 64/336
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 1050/336 > 64/336 or 50/16 > 8/42

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