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Compare 2/12 and 72/5

1st number: 2/12, 2nd number: 14 2/5

2/12 is smaller than 72/5

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 12 and 5 is 60
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 12 × 5 = 60,
    2/12 = 2 × 5/12 × 5 = 10/60
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 5 × 12 = 60,
    72/5 = 72 × 12/5 × 12 = 864/60
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 10/60 < 864/60 or 2/12 < 72/5

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