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Compare 1/12 and 1/7

1/12 is smaller than 1/7

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 12 and 7 is 84
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 12 × 7 = 84,
    1/12 = 1 × 7/12 × 7 = 7/84
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 7 × 12 = 84,
    1/7 = 1 × 12/7 × 12 = 12/84
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 7/84 < 12/84 or 1/12 < 1/7

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