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Compare 5/12 and 9/7

1st number: 5/12, 2nd number: 1 2/7

5/12 is smaller than 9/7

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 12 and 7 is 84
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 12 × 7 = 84,
    5/12 = 5 × 7/12 × 7 = 35/84
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 7 × 12 = 84,
    9/7 = 9 × 12/7 × 12 = 108/84
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 35/84 < 108/84 or 5/12 < 9/7

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