Subtracting Fractions: 1 1/3  1/2
This article will guide you through the process of subtracting the fractions 1 1/3 and 1/2.
Understanding Mixed Numbers and Fractions
 Mixed Number: A mixed number combines a whole number and a fraction, like 1 1/3.
 Fraction: A fraction represents a part of a whole, such as 1/2.
Steps to Subtract Fractions

Convert Mixed Number to a Fraction:
 Multiply the whole number (1) by the denominator of the fraction (3).
 Add the numerator (1).
 Keep the denominator the same.
 This gives us: (1 * 3) + 1 / 3 = 4/3

Find a Common Denominator:
 The smallest common denominator for 3 and 2 is 6.
 Convert 4/3 to 8/6 by multiplying both numerator and denominator by 2.
 Convert 1/2 to 3/6 by multiplying both numerator and denominator by 3.

Subtract the Numerators:
 Subtract the numerators of the fractions: 8/6  3/6 = 5/6
The Answer
Therefore, 1 1/3  1/2 = 5/6