## Subtracting Fractions

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## Definition

A fraction like 2/3 says we have 2 out of the 3 parts the whole is divided into.

The top number is callednumerator

The bottom number is calleddenominator

There are 3 simple steps to subtract fractions

- Make sure the bottom numbers (the denominators) are the same
- Subtract the top numbers (the numerators). Put the answer over the same denominator.
- Simplify the fraction (if needed).

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## If the denominators are different?

to subtract Fractions with different denominators, We need to make them the same before we can continue, because we can’t subtract them like that.

Important:

multiply both top and bottom by the same amount, will keep the value of the fraction the same

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