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

This article will guide you through the steps of subtracting the fraction 1/2 from the mixed number 1 1/4.

### Understanding Mixed Numbers

A **mixed number** combines a whole number and a fraction. In our case, 1 1/4 represents one whole unit plus one quarter of another unit.

### Finding a Common Denominator

Before we can subtract fractions, they must have the same denominator. The least common denominator for 4 and 2 is 4.

**1/2:**Multiply both the numerator and denominator by 2: (1 x 2) / (2 x 2) = 2/4

### Subtracting the Fractions

Now we can rewrite our problem:

1 1/4 - 1/2 becomes 1 1/4 - 2/4

**Subtract the numerators:**1 - 2 = -1**Keep the denominator:**-1/4

### Simplifying the Result

We have a negative numerator, indicating that we are subtracting more than we have. Let's adjust the whole number part.

**Borrow one from the whole number:**1 - 1 = 0**Add the borrowed whole number as a fraction:**0 + 4/4 = 4/4**Combine the fractions:**4/4 - 1/4 = 3/4

### Conclusion

Therefore, 1 1/4 - 1/2 is equal to **3/4**.