How To Subtract Fractions

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If you’re just starting out with fractions, learning how to subtract fractions can be intimidating. However, the process isn’t as complex as it seems! With a little bit of practice, you can easily learn how to subtract fractions – no matter the size.

To start, you’ll need to make sure the fractions are in the same form. This means that both fractions in the equation need to have the same denominator. The denominator is the bottom number in your fraction. To make sure your fractions have the same denominator, you can either use the greatest common factor (GCF) or find the least common denominator (LCD).

Once your fractions have the same denominator, you can move on to the subtraction. All you have to do is subtract the numerators (the top numbers) in your fractions. Whichever denominator you chose to use in your fractions will be kept the same.

For example, if we wanted to subtract 2/6 and 3/6, we’d use the same denominator of 6 for both. Then, we’d subtract the numerators. The equation would look like this: 2/6 -3/6 = -1/6.

If the fraction you get from subtracting the numerators is negative, it usually stays negative. However, if you get a negative fraction and need to turn it positive, you can simply flip the sign from negative to positive and then invert the numerator and denominator.

For instance, if we had the problem 1/4 – 3/4, we’d get -1/4. To turn it into a positive fraction, we’d invert the numerator and denominator and get 4/-1. Then, flip the sign and get -4/1.

Once you’ve mastered the basics of subtracting fractions, you can also practice subtracting mixed numbers and improper fractions. To subtract mix numbers, you’ll need to turn them into improper fractions first and then follow the steps outlined above.

Learning how to subtract fractions doesn’t have to be a stressful process! With the right amount of practice, you’ll be able to work with fractions with ease. Just remember to make sure that your fractions have the same denominator, subtract the numerators, and always check for negative answers that need to be flipped.