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Compare 3/12 and 45/25

1st number: 3/12, 2nd number: 1 20/25

3/12 is smaller than 45/25

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 12 and 25 is 300
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 12 × 25 = 300,
    3/12 = 3 × 25/12 × 25 = 75/300
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 25 × 12 = 300,
    45/25 = 45 × 12/25 × 12 = 540/300
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 75/300 < 540/300 or 3/12 < 45/25

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