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Compare 49/12 and 40/8

1st number: 4 1/12, 2nd number: 5 0/8

49/12 is smaller than 40/8

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 12 and 8 is 24
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 12 × 2 = 24,
    49/12 = 49 × 2/12 × 2 = 98/24
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 8 × 3 = 24,
    40/8 = 40 × 3/8 × 3 = 120/24
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 98/24 < 120/24 or 49/12 < 40/8

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