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Compare 70/72 and 40/84

70/72 is greater than 40/84

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 72 and 84 is 504

    Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 504
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 72 × 7 = 504,
    70/72 = 70 × 7/72 × 7 = 490/504
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 84 × 6 = 504,
    40/84 = 40 × 6/84 × 6 = 240/504
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 490/504 > 240/504 or 70/72 > 40/84

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