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Compare 50/21 and 80/16

1st number: 2 8/21, 2nd number: 5 0/16

50/21 is smaller than 80/16

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 21 and 16 is 336

    Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 336
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 21 × 16 = 336,
    50/21 = 50 × 16/21 × 16 = 800/336
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 16 × 21 = 336,
    80/16 = 80 × 21/16 × 21 = 1680/336
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 800/336 < 1680/336 or 50/21 < 80/16

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