# 1/2 minus 1/4 as a fraction 1/2 - 1/4 as a fraction provides the detailed information about what is 1/2 minus 1/4 in fraction and decimal form, and the answer with steps to understand how it is being calculated by using different methods.

1/2-1/4 equals to
1/2 - 1/4 = (?)
1/2 - 1/4 = [(1 x 4) - (1 x 2)]/(2 x 4)
= (4 - 2)/8
= 2/8
= (2 x 1)/(2 x 4)
= 1/4
1/2 - 1/4 = 1/4
1/2 minus 1/4 is equal to 1/4

where
1/2 is a fraction as a minuend,
1/4 is a fraction as a subtrahend,
1/4 is the difference between 1/2 and 1/4.

1/2 minus 1/4 as a decimal
1/2 - 1/4 = 1/4
1/4 = 0.25
1/2-1/4 as a decimal is 0.25
where
0.25 is the difference between 1/2 and 1/4.

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## How-to: 1/2 - 1/4 = ?

The below workout with step by step calculation shows how to find what is 1/2 minus 1/4 in simplest form by using the following methods:
1. LCM method,
2. Cross multiplication method.

Problem and Workout - LCM Method:
What is 1/2 minus 1/4 as a fraction?

step 1 Observe the input parameters and what to be found:
Input:
Fraction A: 1/2
Fraction B: 1/4

What to be found?
1/2-1/4 = ?
Find what's the difference between 1/2 and 1/4.

step 2 Compare the denominators of fractions 1/2 and 1/4 to identify whether it is a like or unlike fraction subtraction. Since the denominators of given fractions 1/2 and 1/4 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 1/4:
The LCM of 2 and 4 is 4.

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

step 5 Simplify the expression to have common denominator:
=2/4-1/4

step 6 Take the common values out and rewrite the above expression like the below:
=1/4 x (2/1-1/1)
=1/4 x (2 - 1)

step 7Simplify the above expression further:
=1/4 x 1
=1/4
1/2-1/4=1/4

Hence,
1/2 minus 1/4 equals to 1/4 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: 1/4

What to be found?
1/2-1/4 = ?
Find what's the difference between 1/2 and 1/4.

step 2 Find the product of numerator of Fraction A and denominator of Fraction B (1 x 4), 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 4) and rewrite the equation as like the below:
= (1 x 4) - (1 x 2)/(2 x 4)

step 3 Simplify and rewrite the fraction:
= (4 - 2)/8
= 2/8
= 1/4
1/2-1/4 = 1/4
Hence,
1/2 minus 1/4 = 1/4 