Subtracting fractions from each other can be difficult. Therefore you can use the fraction calculator to make subtracting fractions easy. A fraction is a division of two numbers. The number above the scoreline is called the numerator and the number below the scoreline is the denominator. To subtract a fraction from another one, you must first ensure that the denominators of the two fractions are equal. By multiplying the numerator and denominator in one or both fractions with the same number (and the number does not change when you multiply it by one), you can ensure that the denominators of the fractions are equal.

For example: ^{3}⁄_{4} **-** ^{1}⁄_{6}

We can not subtract the two fractions from each other, since the denominators are not equal.

^{3}⁄_{4} can be written as: ^{3}⁄_{4} **×** ^{6}⁄_{6} = ^{18}⁄_{24}

^{1}⁄_{6} can be written as: ^{1}⁄_{6} **×** ^{4}⁄_{4} = ^{4}⁄_{24}

The denominators are now equal, so we can now subtract the fractions:

^{18}⁄_{24} **-** ^{4}⁄_{24} = ^{14}⁄_{24} or ^{7}⁄_{12}

The fraction calculator automatically simplifies the result of the calculation into the simplest form in which the numerator and denominator are as small as possible. Use the fraction calculator to practice subtracting fractions or check your answers.