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Compare 70/96 and 40/42

70/96 is smaller than 40/42

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 96 and 42 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 42 × 16 = 672,
    40/42 = 40 × 16/42 × 16 = 640/672
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 490/672 < 640/672 or 70/96 < 40/42

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