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Compare 3/12 and 56/60

3/12 is smaller than 56/60

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 12 and 60 is 60
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 12 × 5 = 60,
    3/12 = 3 × 5/12 × 5 = 15/60
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 60 × 1 = 60,
    56/60 = 56 × 1/60 × 1 = 56/60
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 15/60 < 56/60 or 3/12 < 56/60

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