## Subtracting Mixed Numbers: 1 1/3 - 1 1/4

This article will guide you through the process of subtracting the mixed numbers 1 1/3 and 1 1/4.

### 1. Find a Common Denominator

The first step is to find a common denominator for the fractions 1/3 and 1/4. The least common multiple of 3 and 4 is 12.

- Convert 1/3 to 4/12 (multiply numerator and denominator by 4)
- Convert 1/4 to 3/12 (multiply numerator and denominator by 3)

### 2. Rewrite the Mixed Numbers

Now, rewrite the mixed numbers with the common denominator:

- 1 1/3 becomes 1 4/12
- 1 1/4 becomes 1 3/12

### 3. Subtract the Fractions

Subtract the fractions: 4/12 - 3/12 = 1/12

### 4. Subtract the Whole Numbers

Subtract the whole numbers: 1 - 1 = 0

### 5. Combine the Results

Combine the results from steps 3 and 4: 0 + 1/12 = **1/12**

Therefore, **1 1/3 - 1 1/4 = 1/12**.