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Compare 72/24 and 40/5

1st number: 3 0/24, 2nd number: 8 0/5

72/24 is smaller than 40/5

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 24 and 5 is 120
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 24 × 5 = 120,
    72/24 = 72 × 5/24 × 5 = 360/120
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 5 × 24 = 120,
    40/5 = 40 × 24/5 × 24 = 960/120
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 360/120 < 960/120 or 72/24 < 40/5

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