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Compare 84/42 and 50/72

1st number: 2 0/42, 2nd number: 50/72

84/42 is greater than 50/72

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 42 and 72 is 504

    Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 504
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 42 × 12 = 504,
    84/42 = 84 × 12/42 × 12 = 1008/504
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 72 × 7 = 504,
    50/72 = 50 × 7/72 × 7 = 350/504
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 1008/504 > 350/504 or 84/42 > 50/72

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