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Compare 72/16 and 56/18

1st number: 4 8/16, 2nd number: 3 2/18

72/16 is greater than 56/18

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 16 and 18 is 144
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 16 × 9 = 144,
    72/16 = 72 × 9/16 × 9 = 648/144
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 18 × 8 = 144,
    56/18 = 56 × 8/18 × 8 = 448/144
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 648/144 > 448/144 or 72/16 > 56/18

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