Subtract fractions: - 41/26 - 36/56 = ? Subtraction of ordinary (simple, common) fractions, result explained

The executed operation (with ordinary fractions):
- 41/26 - 36/56

Result written: As a negative improper fraction (numerator >= denominator). As a mixed number. As a decimal number. As a percentage.

Reduce (simplify) fractions to their lowest terms equivalents:

To reduce a fraction: divide the numerator and denominator by their greatest common factor, GCF.

Fraction: - 41/26 already reduced to the lowest terms.
The numerator and the denominator have no common prime factors.
Their prime factorization:
41 is a prime number;
26 = 2 × 13;
gcf (41; 2 × 13) = 1;


Fraction: - 36/56 = - (22 × 32)/(23 × 7) = - ((22 × 32) ÷ 22 )/((23 × 7) ÷ 22 ) = - 9/14;

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Rewrite the equivalent simplified operation:

- 41/26 - 36/56 =


- 41/26 - 9/14

Rewrite the improper fractions:

Fraction: - 41/26


- 41 ÷ 26 = - 1 and remainder = - 15 => - 41 = - 1 × 26 - 15


- 41/26 = ( - 1 × 26 - 15)/26 = ( - 1 × 26)/26 - 15/26 = - 1 - 15/26;



Rewrite the equivalent simplified operation:

- 41/26 - 9/14 =


- 1 - 15/26 - 9/14

To operate fractions, build up their denominators the same.

Calculate LCM, the least common multiple of the denominators of the fractions:

LCM will be the common denominator of the fractions that we work with.

The prime factorization of the denominators:


26 = 2 × 13;


14 = 2 × 7;


Multiply all the unique prime factors, by the largest exponents:


LCM (26; 14) = 2 × 7 × 13 = 182


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Calculate the expanding number of each fraction:

Divide LCM by the numerator of each fraction.


For fraction: - 15/26 is 182 ÷ 26 = (2 × 7 × 13) ÷ (2 × 13) = 7;


For fraction: - 9/14 is 182 ÷ 14 = (2 × 7 × 13) ÷ (2 × 7) = 13;


Build up the fractions to the same denominator:

Expand each fraction - multiply the numerator and the denominator by the expanding number.


Then work with the numerators of the fractions.


- 1 - 15/26 - 9/14 =


- 1 - (7 × 15)/(7 × 26) - (13 × 9)/(13 × 14) =


- 1 - 105/182 - 117/182 =


- 1 + ( - 105 - 117)/182 =


- 1 - 222/182


Reduce (simplify) the fraction to its lowest terms equivalent:

To reduce a fraction: divide the numerator and denominator by their greatest common factor, GCF.

Calculate the greatest common factor, GCF.

Numerator and denominator - prime factorizations:


222 = 2 × 3 × 37;


182 = 2 × 7 × 13;


Calculate the greatest common factor, GCF, by multiplying all the common prime factors of the numerator and of the denominator, by the lowest exponents:

gcf (222; 182) = gcf (2 × 3 × 37; 2 × 7 × 13) = 2;


Fraction can be reduced (simplified).

Divide both the numerator and the denominator by their greatest common factor, GCF:

- 222/182 =


- (2 × 3 × 37)/(2 × 7 × 13) =


- ((2 × 3 × 37) ÷ 2)/((2 × 7 × 13) ÷ 2) =


- (3 × 37)/(7 × 13) =


- 111/91


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Rewrite the equivalent simplified operation:

- 1 - 222/182 =


- 1 - 111/91


Rewrite the expression:

As a negative improper fraction (numerator >= denominator):

- 1 - 111/91 =


( - 1 × 91)/91 - 111/91 =


( - 1 × 91 - 111)/91 =


- 202/91

As a mixed number (also called a mixed fraction):

Mixed number = a whole number and a proper fraction, of the same sign.


Proper fraction = numerator smaller than denominator.


- 202 ÷ 91 = - 2 and remainder = - 20 =>


- 202 = - 2 × 91 - 20 =>


- 202/91 =


( - 2 × 91 - 20)/91 =


( - 2 × 91)/91 - 20/91 =


- 2 - 20/91 =


- 2 20/91

As a decimal number:

- 2 - 20/91 =


- 2 - 20 ÷ 91 ≈


- 2.21978021978 ≈


- 2.22

As a percentage:

- 2.21978021978 =


- 2.21978021978 × 100/100 =


( - 2.21978021978 × 100)/100 =


- 221.978021978022/100


- 221.978021978022% ≈


- 221.98%

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The final answer:
:: written in four ways ::

As a negative improper fraction (numerator >= denominator):
- 41/26 - 36/56 = - 202/91

As a mixed number (also called a mixed fraction):
- 41/26 - 36/56 = - 2 20/91

As a decimal number:
- 41/26 - 36/56 ≈ - 2.22

As a percentage:
- 41/26 - 36/56 ≈ - 221.98%

More operations of this kind:

How to subtract the ordinary fractions:
- 46/35 + 40/64


Writing numbers: comma ',' used as a thousands separator; point '.' used as a decimal mark; numbers rounded to max. 12 decimals (whenever the case);

Symbols: / fraction bar; ÷ divide; × multiply; + plus; - minus; = equal; ≈ approximation;

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How to: Subtracting ordinary (simple, common) math fractions. Steps.

There are two cases regarding the denominators when we subtract ordinary fractions:

  • A. the fractions have like denominators;
  • B. the fractions have unlike denominators.

A. How to subtract ordinary fractions that have like denominators?

  • Simply subtract the numerators of the fractions.
  • The denominator of the resulting fraction will be the common denominator of the fractions.
  • Reduce the resulting fraction.

An example of subtracting ordinary fractions that have like denominators, with explanations

  • 3/18 + 4/18 - 5/18 = (3 + 4 - 5)/18 = 2/18;

  • We simply subtracted the numerators of the fractions: 3 + 4 - 5 = 2;
  • The denominator of the resulting fraction is: 18;
  • The resulting fraction is being reduced as: 2/18 = (2 ÷ 2)/(18 ÷ 2) = 1/9.

  • How to reduce (simplify) the common fraction 2/18?

B. To subtract fractions with different denominators (unlike denominators), build up the fractions to the same denominator. How is it done?

  • 1. Reduce the fractions to the lowest terms (simplify them).

  • 2. Calculate the least common multiple, LCM, of all the fractions' new denominators:

    • LCM is going to be the common denominator of the added fractions, also called the lowest common denominator (the least common denominator).
    • Factor all the new denominators of the reduced fractions (run the prime factorization).
    • The least common multiple, LCM, is the product of all the unique prime factors of the denominators, multiplied by the largest exponents.
    • Calculate LCM, the least common multiple of numbers, online.

  • 3. Calculate each fraction's expanding number:

    • The expanding number is the non-zero number that will be used to multiply both the numerator and the denominator of each fraction, in order to build all the fractions up to the same common denominator.
    • Divide the least common multiple, LCM, calculated above, by the denominator of each fraction, in order to calculate each fraction's expanding number.
  • 4. Expand each fraction:

    • Multiply each fraction's both numerator and denominator by the expanding number.
    • At this point, fractions are built up to the same denominator.
  • 5. Subtract the fractions:

    • In order to subtract all the fractions simply subtract all the fractions' numerators.
    • The end fraction will have as a denominator the least common multiple, LCM, calculated above.
  • 6. Reduce the end fraction to the lowest terms, if needed.

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(7) Subtracting ordinary (common, simple) fractions


(8) Multiplying ordinary (common, simple) fractions


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