# 1/3 minus 2/5 as a fraction 1/3 - 2/5 as a fraction provides the detailed information about what is 1/3 minus 2/5 in fraction and decimal form, and the answer with steps to understand how it is being calculated by using different methods.

1/3-2/5 equals to
1/3 - 2/5 = (?)
1/3 - 2/5 = [(1 x 5) - (2 x 3)]/(3 x 5)
= (5 - 6)/15
= -1/15
1/3 - 2/5 = -1/15
1/3 minus 2/5 is equal to -1/15

where
1/3 is a fraction as a minuend,
2/5 is a fraction as a subtrahend,
-1/15 is the difference between 1/3 and 2/5.

1/3 minus 2/5 as a decimal
1/3 - 2/5 = -1/15
-1/15 = -0.0667
1/3-2/5 as a decimal is -0.0667
where
-0.0667 is the difference between 1/3 and 2/5.

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## How-to: 1/3 - 2/5 = ?

The below workout with step by step calculation shows how to find what is 1/3 minus 2/5 in simplest form by using the following methods:
1. LCM method,
2. Cross multiplication method.

Problem and Workout - LCM Method:
What is 1/3 minus 2/5 as a fraction?

step 1 Observe the input parameters and what to be found:
Input:
Fraction A: 1/3
Fraction B: 2/5

What to be found?
1/3-2/5 = ?
Find what's the difference between 1/3 and 2/5.

step 2 Compare the denominators of fractions 1/3 and 2/5 to identify whether it is a like or unlike fraction subtraction. Since the denominators of given fractions 1/3 and 2/5 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 1/3 and 2/5:
The LCM of 3 and 5 is 15.

step 4 Write the fractions 1/3 and 2/5 in the subtraction expression form and multiply LCM with all the numerators and denominators of both fractions.
=1/3-2/5
=(1 x 15)/(3 x 15)-(2 x 15)/(5 x 15)

step 5 Simplify the expression to have common denominator:
=5/15-6/15

step 6 Take the common values out and rewrite the above expression like the below:
=1/15 x (5/1-6/1)
=1/15 x (5 - 6)

step 7Simplify the above expression further:
=1/15 x -1
=-1/15
1/3-2/5=-1/15

Hence,
1/3 minus 2/5 equals to -1/15 in fraction.

Problem and Workout - Cross Multiplication Method
step 1 Observe the input parameters and what to be found:
Input:
Fraction A: 1/3
Fraction B: 2/5

What to be found?
1/3-2/5 = ?
Find what's the difference between 1/3 and 2/5.

step 2 Find the product of numerator of Fraction A and denominator of Fraction B (1 x 5), find the product of numerator of Fraction B and denominator of Fraction A (2 x 3), and find the product of both denominators of Fraction A and Fraction B (3 x 5) and rewrite the equation as like the below:
= (1 x 5) - (2 x 3)/(3 x 5)

step 3 Simplify and rewrite the fraction:
= (5 - 6)/15
1/3-2/5 = -1/15
Hence,
1/3 minus 2/5 = -1/15 