We should make the denominators (the bottom numbers) the same in the two fractions
4 |
8 |
2 |
12 |
4 x 12 |
8 x 12 |
2 x 8 |
12 x 8 |
48 |
96 |
16 |
96 |
When the denominators are identical, we can then subtract the numerators (top numbers of the fractions) to get the result.
48 |
96 |
16 |
96 |
48 - 16 |
96 |
32 |
96 |
Simplify the fraction if necessary by obtaining the greatest common factor (GCF) of the fraction.
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The greatest common factor in this fraction is 32
32 |
96 |
32 ÷ 32 |
96 ÷ 32 |
1 |
3 |
Subtracting fractions with common denominators, we only need to subtract the numerators, and the denominator remains the same.
4 |
8 |
2 |
8 |
4 - 2 |
8 |
2 |
8 |
Simplify the fraction if necessary by obtaining the greatest common factor (GCF) of the fraction.
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The greatest common factor in this fraction is 2
2 |
8 |
2 ÷ 2 |
8 ÷ 2 |
1 |
4 |
Positive Fractions
-1 |
-2 |
1 |
-2 |
-1 |
2 |
1 |
2 |
Negative Fractions
-1 |
2 |
1 |
-2 |
-1 |
-2 |
1 |
2 |