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Compare 21/12 and 7/3

1st number: 1 9/12, 2nd number: 2 1/3

21/12 is smaller than 7/3

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 12 and 3 is 12
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 12 × 1 = 12,
    21/12 = 21 × 1/12 × 1 = 21/12
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 3 × 4 = 12,
    7/3 = 7 × 4/3 × 4 = 28/12
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 21/12 < 28/12 or 21/12 < 7/3

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