# What is 1/2 - 1/3? getcalc.com's two fractions subtraction calculator is an online basic math function tool to find what's the equivalent fraction for difference between two fractional numbers with different, unequal or unlike denominators 1/2 and 1/3.

1/2 - 1/3 = 1/6 in fraction form

1/2 - 1/3 = 0.1667 in decimal form
This calculator, formula, step by step calculation and associated information to find the difference between 1/2 & 1/3 may help students, teachers, parents or professionals to learn, teach, practice or verify such two fractions subtraction calculations efficiently.

## How to Find Equivalent Fraction for 1/2-1/3?

The below workout with step by step calculation shows how to find what is the difference between two fractions by subtracting a fraction 1/3 from 1/2. For different, unequal or unlike denominators, use any one of the following methods to find the equivalent fraction for 1/2 minus 1/3.
1. LCM method
2. Cross multiplication method.

Problem & Workout - LCM Method
What is 1/2 minus 1/3 as a fraction by subtraction using LCM method?

step 1 Address formula, input parameters & values.
Input parameters & values:
1/2 & 1/3
1/2-1/3 = ?

step 2 For unequal denominators, find the LCM (least common multiple) for both denominators
The LCM for 2 and 3 is 6.

step 3 To have the common denominator, multiply the LCM with both numerator & denominator
=(1 x 6)/(2 x 6)-(1 x 6)/(3 x 6)
=3/6-2/6
=(3 - 2)/6

step 4 Find difference between numerators and rewrite it in a single form.
=1/6
1/2-1/3=1/6

By using LCM method, 1/6 is the equivalent fraction by subtracting 1/3 from 1/2.

Problem & Workout - Cross Multiplication Method
step 1 Address formula, input parameters & values.
Input parameters & values:
1/2 & 1/3
1/2 - 1/3 = ?

step 2 Cross multiply both numerator & denominator, multiply both denominators and rewrite as below
= (1 x 3) - (1 x 2)/(2 x 3)

step 3 Simplify & rewrite the fraction
= (3 - 2)/6
1/2-1/3 = 1/6
By using cross multiplication method, 1/6 is the difference between two fractions 1/2 and 1/3. 