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Compare 72/40 and 1/5

1st number: 1 32/40, 2nd number: 1/5

72/40 is greater than 1/5

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 40 and 5 is 40
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 40 × 1 = 40,
    72/40 = 72 × 1/40 × 1 = 72/40
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 5 × 8 = 40,
    1/5 = 1 × 8/5 × 8 = 8/40
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 72/40 > 8/40 or 72/40 > 1/5

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