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Compare 72/40 and 8/36

1st number: 1 32/40, 2nd number: 8/36

72/40 is greater than 8/36

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 40 and 36 is 360
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 40 × 9 = 360,
    72/40 = 72 × 9/40 × 9 = 648/360
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 36 × 10 = 360,
    8/36 = 8 × 10/36 × 10 = 80/360
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 648/360 > 80/360 or 72/40 > 8/36

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