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Compare 72/6 and 5/16

1st number: 12 0/6, 2nd number: 5/16

72/6 is greater than 5/16

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 6 and 16 is 48

    Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 48
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 6 × 8 = 48,
    72/6 = 72 × 8/6 × 8 = 576/48
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 16 × 3 = 48,
    5/16 = 5 × 3/16 × 3 = 15/48
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 576/48 > 15/48 or 72/6 > 5/16

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