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Compare 70/96 and 40/21

1st number: 70/96, 2nd number: 1 19/21

70/96 is smaller than 40/21

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 96 and 21 is 672

    Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 672
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 96 × 7 = 672,
    70/96 = 70 × 7/96 × 7 = 490/672
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 21 × 32 = 672,
    40/21 = 40 × 32/21 × 32 = 1280/672
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 490/672 < 1280/672 or 70/96 < 40/21

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