Subtracting Fractions Is A Simple Task
Here is the rule for subtracting fractions…
- Build each fraction so that the denominators of each fraction are equal.
- Subtract the numerators of the fractions.
- The denominator of the answer will be the common denominator or the denominator of the built-up fractions, whichever applies.
- Reduce or simplify the answer, if needed.
Note: We Do Not Subtract denominators!
If you want to subtract fractions with the same denominator, simply omit Step #1.
3/5 – 1/5 =(3 – 1)/5 = 2/5
When the fractions have different denominators, you do all the steps.
1/2 – 1/3 = 3/6 – 2/6 =
= (3 – 2)/6 = 1/6
As usual, we cover all of the other things that could affect your understanding of subtracting fractions, just to be sure nothing is missed.
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