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Compare 7/42 and 10/36

7/42 is smaller than 10/36

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 42 and 36 is 252
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 42 × 6 = 252,
    7/42 = 7 × 6/42 × 6 = 42/252
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 36 × 7 = 252,
    10/36 = 10 × 7/36 × 7 = 70/252
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 42/252 < 70/252 or 7/42 < 10/36

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