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Compare 50/24 and 72/21

1st number: 2 2/24, 2nd number: 3 9/21

50/24 is smaller than 72/21

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 24 and 21 is 168

    Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 168
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 24 × 7 = 168,
    50/24 = 50 × 7/24 × 7 = 350/168
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 21 × 8 = 168,
    72/21 = 72 × 8/21 × 8 = 576/168
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 350/168 < 576/168 or 50/24 < 72/21

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