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Compare 2/12 and 42/35

1st number: 2/12, 2nd number: 1 7/35

2/12 is smaller than 42/35

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 12 and 35 is 420
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 12 × 35 = 420,
    2/12 = 2 × 35/12 × 35 = 70/420
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 35 × 12 = 420,
    42/35 = 42 × 12/35 × 12 = 504/420
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 70/420 < 504/420 or 2/12 < 42/35

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