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Compare 12/48 and 21/60

12/48 is smaller than 21/60

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 48 and 60 is 240
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 48 × 5 = 240,
    12/48 = 12 × 5/48 × 5 = 60/240
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 60 × 4 = 240,
    21/60 = 21 × 4/60 × 4 = 84/240
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 60/240 < 84/240 or 12/48 < 21/60

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