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Compare 84/98 and 80/72

1st number: 84/98, 2nd number: 1 8/72

84/98 is smaller than 80/72

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 98 and 72 is 3528

    Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 3528
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 98 × 36 = 3528,
    84/98 = 84 × 36/98 × 36 = 3024/3528
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 72 × 49 = 3528,
    80/72 = 80 × 49/72 × 49 = 3920/3528
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 3024/3528 < 3920/3528 or 84/98 < 80/72

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