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Compare 3/12 and 2/7

3/12 is smaller than 2/7

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 12 and 7 is 84
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 12 × 7 = 84,
    3/12 = 3 × 7/12 × 7 = 21/84
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 7 × 12 = 84,
    2/7 = 2 × 12/7 × 12 = 24/84
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 21/84 < 24/84 or 3/12 < 2/7

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