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Compare 84/42 and 40/36

1st number: 2 0/42, 2nd number: 1 4/36

84/42 is greater than 40/36

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,
    84/42 = 84 × 6/42 × 6 = 504/252
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 36 × 7 = 252,
    40/36 = 40 × 7/36 × 7 = 280/252
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 504/252 > 280/252 or 84/42 > 40/36

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