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Compare 50/72 and 96/21

1st number: 50/72, 2nd number: 4 12/21

50/72 is smaller than 96/21

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 72 and 21 is 504

    Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 504
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 72 × 7 = 504,
    50/72 = 50 × 7/72 × 7 = 350/504
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 21 × 24 = 504,
    96/21 = 96 × 24/21 × 24 = 2304/504
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 350/504 < 2304/504 or 50/72 < 96/21

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