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Compare 1/12 and 21/16

1st number: 1/12, 2nd number: 1 5/16

1/12 is smaller than 21/16

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 12 and 16 is 48
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 12 × 4 = 48,
    1/12 = 1 × 4/12 × 4 = 4/48
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 16 × 3 = 48,
    21/16 = 21 × 3/16 × 3 = 63/48
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 4/48 < 63/48 or 1/12 < 21/16

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