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Compare 84/42 and 50/12

1st number: 2 0/42, 2nd number: 4 2/12

84/42 is smaller than 50/12

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 42 and 12 is 84

    Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 84
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 42 × 2 = 84,
    84/42 = 84 × 2/42 × 2 = 168/84
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 12 × 7 = 84,
    50/12 = 50 × 7/12 × 7 = 350/84
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 168/84 < 350/84 or 84/42 < 50/12

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