The book wants me to compare 3/5 and 5/12. Fractions has always been my tough subject, so I need major help.

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To compare two fractions, get their common denominator, which is 60 in this case, and rewrite the fractions in terms of this denominator.
3/5 is 36/60 (i.e., 3*12/60) and 5/12 is 25/60 (i.e., 5*5/60).
Compare numerators: 36 is bigger than 25, so 3/5 is bigger.
Now that wasn't so bad, was it?
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