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Compare 7/42 and 14/40

7/42 is smaller than 14/40

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 42 and 40 is 840
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 42 × 20 = 840,
    7/42 = 7 × 20/42 × 20 = 140/840
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 40 × 21 = 840,
    14/40 = 14 × 21/40 × 21 = 294/840
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 140/840 < 294/840 or 7/42 < 14/40

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