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Compare 80/42 and 15/36

1st number: 1 38/42, 2nd number: 15/36

80/42 is greater than 15/36

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 42 and 36 is 252

    Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 252
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 42 × 6 = 252,
    80/42 = 80 × 6/42 × 6 = 480/252
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 36 × 7 = 252,
    15/36 = 15 × 7/36 × 7 = 105/252
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 480/252 > 105/252 or 80/42 > 15/36

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