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Compare 21/42 and 60/12

1st number: 21/42, 2nd number: 5 0/12

21/42 is smaller than 60/12

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 42 and 12 is 84
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 42 × 2 = 84,
    21/42 = 21 × 2/42 × 2 = 42/84
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 12 × 7 = 84,
    60/12 = 60 × 7/12 × 7 = 420/84
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 42/84 < 420/84 or 21/42 < 60/12

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