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Compare 3/84 and 56/12

1st number: 3/84, 2nd number: 4 8/12

3/84 is smaller than 56/12

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 84 and 12 is 84
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 84 × 1 = 84,
    3/84 = 3 × 1/84 × 1 = 3/84
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 12 × 7 = 84,
    56/12 = 56 × 7/12 × 7 = 392/84
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 3/84 < 392/84 or 3/84 < 56/12

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