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# What is 5 over 6 minus 3 over 8?

Updated: 5/9/2024

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8y ago

5/6 - 3/8

Subtraction of fractions.

Steps to take : -

#1 ; Convert to improper (top heavy) fractions. Not required in this case.

#2 ; Bring to a common denominator; 6 X 8 = 48

#3 ; Bring the numerators to the equivalent values for a denominator of 48.

#4 ; Subtract the numerators

#5 ; Place the numerator over the denominator

#6 ; Reduce the fraction to its lowest terms.

Hence

#1 ; Not required in this caser , as there are no whole number coefficients.

#2 ; 4 x 8 = 48

#3 ; 5 x 8 = 40 & 3 x 6 = 18

#4 ; 40 - 18 = 22

#5 ; 22/48

NB For addition of fractions, complete the same steps , except at #4 , where you add the numerators.

NNB Multiplication and division of fractions has a different 'steps to take' structure.

lenpollock

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5/9 minus 3/8 is 13/72

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