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

This article will guide you through the steps of subtracting the mixed numbers 1 1/3 and 1 1/4, resulting in a simplified fraction.

### Step 1: Find a Common Denominator

To subtract fractions, they need to have the same denominator. 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).

### Step 2: Rewrite the Mixed Numbers

Now we have:

- 1 1/3 = 1 4/12
- 1 1/4 = 1 3/12

### Step 3: Subtract the Fractions

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

### Step 4: Subtract the Whole Numbers

Subtract the whole numbers: 1 - 1 = 0

### Step 5: Combine the Results

Combine the whole number and the fraction: 0 + 1/12 = **1/12**

### Conclusion

Therefore, 1 1/3 - 1 1/4 is equal to **1/12**.