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The smallest number that is a multiple of 21 and 18 is 3 × 7 × 2 × 3 = 126,
Thus
Thus 7/18 > 5/21. I hope this helps,
Hi Melissa. If you are comparing positive fractions, the easiest thing to do is to "crossmultiply". Here is an example: 10/17 ? 3/5 (replace the question mark with <, =, or > ) I multiply both sides of this equation by the denominators: 10/17 x 17 x 5 ? 3/5 x 17 x 5 Now I cancel on each side with the denominator: 10 x 5 ? 3 x 17 (you can skip straight to this step if you want  that's a shortcut). Now just multiply it out: 50 ? 51 Definitely the answer here is < (less than) because 50 < 51. That means the original question is also <. 10/17 < 3/5. Try it with your numbers. It will be easiest if you first "simplify" each of your fractions, then you are working with smaller numbers. When you simplify first, you may find the answer is obvious to you! Cheers,  


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