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Compare 5/3 and 7/12

1st number: 1 2/3, 2nd number: 7/12

5/3 is greater than 7/12

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 3 and 12 is 12
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 3 × 4 = 12,
    5/3 = 5 × 4/3 × 4 = 20/12
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 12 × 1 = 12,
    7/12 = 7 × 1/12 × 1 = 7/12
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 20/12 > 7/12 or 5/3 > 7/12

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