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Compare 50/72 and 96/42

1st number: 50/72, 2nd number: 2 12/42

50/72 is smaller than 96/42

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 72 and 42 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 42 × 12 = 504,
    96/42 = 96 × 12/42 × 12 = 1152/504
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 350/504 < 1152/504 or 50/72 < 96/42

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