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Compare 7/18 and 72/4

1st number: 7/18, 2nd number: 18 0/4

7/18 is smaller than 72/4

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 18 and 4 is 36
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 18 × 2 = 36,
    7/18 = 7 × 2/18 × 2 = 14/36
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 4 × 9 = 36,
    72/4 = 72 × 9/4 × 9 = 648/36
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 14/36 < 648/36 or 7/18 < 72/4

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