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Compare 84/98 and 40/36

1st number: 84/98, 2nd number: 1 4/36

84/98 is smaller than 40/36

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 98 and 36 is 1764

    Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 1764
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 98 × 18 = 1764,
    84/98 = 84 × 18/98 × 18 = 1512/1764
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 36 × 49 = 1764,
    40/36 = 40 × 49/36 × 49 = 1960/1764
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 1512/1764 < 1960/1764 or 84/98 < 40/36

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