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Compare 3/6 and 12/7

1st number: 3/6, 2nd number: 1 5/7

3/6 is smaller than 12/7

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 6 and 7 is 42
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 6 × 7 = 42,
    3/6 = 3 × 7/6 × 7 = 21/42
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 7 × 6 = 42,
    12/7 = 12 × 6/7 × 6 = 72/42
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 21/42 < 72/42 or 3/6 < 12/7

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