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1^{st} number: 12/48, 2^{nd} number: 5 5/9

1248 is smaller than 509

- Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:

LCM of 48 and 9 is**144**

Next, find the equivalent fraction of both fractional numbers with denominator 144 - For the 1st fraction, since 48 × 3 = 144,

1248 = 12 × 348 × 3 = 36144 - Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 9 × 16 = 144,

509 = 50 × 169 × 16 = 800144 - Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
- 36144 < 800144 or 1248 < 509

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