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Compare 2/12 and 5/8

2/12 is smaller than 5/8

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 12 and 8 is 24
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 12 × 2 = 24,
    2/12 = 2 × 2/12 × 2 = 4/24
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 8 × 3 = 24,
    5/8 = 5 × 3/8 × 3 = 15/24
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 4/24 < 15/24 or 2/12 < 5/8

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