## Subtracting Fractions: 1 1/4 - 1/2

This article will guide you through the steps of subtracting the fractions **1 1/4 - 1/2**.

### Understanding Mixed Numbers

Before we start, it's important to understand that **1 1/4** is a mixed number. It represents a whole number (1) plus a fraction (1/4).

### Converting Mixed Numbers to Fractions

To subtract fractions, we need to have a common denominator. First, let's convert the mixed number **1 1/4** into an improper fraction.

**Multiply the whole number by the denominator:**1 x 4 = 4**Add the numerator:**4 + 1 = 5**Keep the same denominator:**5/4

Now, our problem looks like this: **5/4 - 1/2**

### Finding a Common Denominator

The fractions 5/4 and 1/2 have different denominators. To subtract them, we need to find a common denominator. The least common denominator for 4 and 2 is 4.

**Convert 1/2 to an equivalent fraction with a denominator of 4:**Multiply both numerator and denominator by 2: (1 * 2) / (2 * 2) = 2/4

### Subtracting the Fractions

Now we can subtract the fractions:

**5/4 - 2/4**

Since the denominators are the same, we simply subtract the numerators:

**(5 - 2) / 4**=**3/4**

### Answer

Therefore, **1 1/4 - 1/2 = 3/4**.