## Finding the Difference: 1 1/2 - 5/8

This article will guide you through the process of subtracting the fraction 5/8 from the mixed number 1 1/2. Let's break down the steps:

### 1. Convert the Mixed Number to a Fraction

- The mixed number 1 1/2 represents one whole plus one half.
- To convert it to an improper fraction, multiply the whole number (1) by the denominator of the fraction (2) and add the numerator (1). Keep the same denominator.
- This gives us (1 * 2 + 1) / 2 =
**3/2**.

### 2. Find a Common Denominator

- The current denominators are 2 and 8. The least common denominator is 8.
- To get 8 as the denominator for 3/2, multiply both numerator and denominator by 4.
- (3 * 4) / (2 * 4) =
**12/8**.

### 3. Subtract the Fractions

- Now we have 12/8 - 5/8.
- Since they share the same denominator, simply subtract the numerators.
- 12/8 - 5/8 =
**7/8**.

### 4. Simplify (If Possible)

- The fraction 7/8 is already in its simplest form.