## Solving 1 1/4 - 5/8

This article will guide you through the process of subtracting 5/8 from 1 1/4.

### Understanding Mixed Numbers and Fractions

Before we begin, let's quickly review the concepts of mixed numbers and fractions:

**Mixed numbers**combine a whole number with a fraction. For example, 1 1/4 represents one whole plus one quarter.**Fractions**represent parts of a whole. For example, 5/8 represents five out of eight equal parts.

### Converting to a Common Denominator

To subtract fractions, they must have the same denominator (the bottom number).

**Find the least common denominator:**The least common denominator (LCD) for 4 and 8 is 8.**Convert the mixed number:**- 1 1/4 is the same as (1 * 4 + 1)/4 = 5/4.
- To get a denominator of 8, multiply the numerator and denominator by 2: (5/4) * (2/2) = 10/8.

Now our problem is: **10/8 - 5/8**

### Subtracting Fractions

With the same denominator, we can simply subtract the numerators:

**10/8 - 5/8 = 5/8**

### The Answer

Therefore, 1 1/4 minus 5/8 equals **5/8**.