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Your question is very inaccurate. Do you mean like 3 - 1/2 ?

or do you mean 1 and 1/2 - 1 and 1/3?

Either way I'll answer both.

1) 3 - 1/2.

What you have to do is make the whole number into a fraction. In this case we can make the 3 in to 3/1 because they are exactly the same thing. Now 3/1 - 1/2

We have to make the denominators the same. 1 can fit into 2 two times. What you do the top you have to do to the bottom. So 1x 2 = 2 and 3 x 2 = 6. Now it looks like this:

6/2 - 1/2. We minus the top numbers: 6 - 1 = 5. So 5/2 is our answer. This is an improper fraction so me make it into a mixed fraction, which is 2 and 1/2.

2) 1 and 1/2 - 1 and 1/3

We have to make these mixed fractions into improper fractions:

3/2 - 4/3. The denominators can both fit into 6. This is what you need to look for. 2 x 3 = 6 and 3 x 2 = 6

9/6 - 8/6. Now our problem is easy. 9 - 8 = 1 and then our answer looks like this:

1/6. This is your answer.

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Turn the proper fraction into an improper fraction.

Subtracting a mixed number is just subtracting fractions but with a whole number by a fraction. To subtract tun the mixed numbers into improper fractions and find the common denominator. Then you subtract the numerators.

Convert the whole number to a fraction with the same numerator and subtract: 3-4/5 3=15/5 15/5-4/5=11/5

Fractions help with numbers that are not whole numbers.

Mixed fractions can't become whole numbers.

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Simplify them.

you take away one of the whole number=then you add or subtract your fractions=

Turn the proper fraction into an improper fraction.

add? dont you mean subtract?

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The same way you would add or subtract whole numbers, leaving the denominators alone.

Subtracting a mixed number is just subtracting fractions but with a whole number by a fraction. To subtract tun the mixed numbers into improper fractions and find the common denominator. Then you subtract the numerators.

turn the whole number into an inproper fraction by doing this: multiply it by the denominator of the fraction.that answer is your numerator make the fractions denominator the whole number's denominator.then subtract just the numerators.you should have an improper fraction as your final answer, so turn that into a mixed number.

No. All fractions are not whole numbers, but all whole numbers are [improper] fractions (with a denominator of 1).

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Convert the whole number to a fraction with the same numerator and subtract: 3-4/5 3=15/5 15/5-4/5=11/5

Find theLeast Common Denominator (LCD)Find the equivalent fractions.Add or subtract the fractions and add or subtract the whole numbers.Write your answer in lowest terms.