What is 1/2 minus 1/3? 1/2 - 1/3 as a fraction provides the detailed information about what is the difference between 1/2 and 1/3 in fraction and decimal form, and the answer with steps to understand how it is being calculated by using different methods.

1/2-1/3 equals to
1/2 - 1/3 = 1/6
Hence, 1/2 - 1/3 is equal to 1/6.
where
1/2 is a fraction as a minuend,
1/3 is a fraction as a subtrahend,
1/6 is the difference between 1/2 and 1/3.

1/2 minus 1/3 as a decimal
1/2 - 1/3 = 1/6
1/6 = 0.1667
Hence, 1/2-1/3 can be written as 0.1667 in decimal.
where
0.1667 is the difference between 1/2 and 1/3.

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How-to: 1/2 - 1/3 = ?

The below workout with step by step calculation for subtracting 1/2 from 1/3 shows how to find what is the difference between 1/2 and 1/3. The difference of fractions 1/2 minus 1/3 can be obtained by using anyone of the two methods below:
1. LCM method,
2. Cross multiplication method.

Problem and Workout - LCM Method:
What is 1/2 minus 1/3 as a fraction?

step 1 Observe the input parameters and what to be found:
Input:
Fraction A: 1/2
Fraction B: 1/3

What to be found?
1/2-1/3 = ?
Find what's the difference between 1/2 and 1/3.

step 2 Compare the denominators of fractions 1/2 and 1/3 to identify whether it is a like or unlike fraction subtraction. Since the denominators of given fractions 1/2 and 1/3 are not equal, it is said to be unlike fractions subtraction.

step 3For unlike fractions subtraction, find the LCM (least common multiple) of both denominators of fractions 1/2 and 1/3:
The LCM of 2 and 3 is 6.

step 4 Write the fractions 1/2 and 1/3 in the subtraction expression form and multiply LCM with all the numerators and denominators of both fractions.
=1/2-1/3
=(1 x 6)/(2 x 6)-(1 x 6)/(3 x 6)

step 5 Simplify the expression to have common denominator:
=3/6-2/6

step 6 Take the common values out and rewrite the above expression like the below:
=1/6 x (3/1-2/1)
=1/6 x (3 - 2)

step 7Simplify the above expression further:
=1/6 x 1
=1/6
1/2-1/3=1/6

Hence,
1/2 minus 1/3 equals to 1/6 in fraction.

Problem and Workout - Cross Multiplication Method
step 1 Observe the input parameters and what to be found:
Input:
Fraction A: 1/2
Fraction B: 1/3

What to be found?
1/2-1/3 = ?
Find what's the difference between 1/2 and 1/3.

step 2 Find the product of numerator of Fraction A and denominator of Fraction B (1 x 3), find the product of numerator of Fraction B and denominator of Fraction A (1 x 2), and find the product of both denominators of Fraction A and Fraction B (2 x 3) and rewrite the equation as like the below:
= (1 x 3) - (1 x 2)/(2 x 3)

step 3 Simplify and rewrite the fraction:
= (3 - 2)/6
1/2-1/3 = 1/6
Hence,
1/2 minus 1/3 = 1/6 