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Subtract 2/18 from 42/8

1st number: 5 2/8, 2nd number: 2/18

42/8 - 2/18 is 185/36.

Steps for subtracting fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 8 and 18 is 72
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 8 × 9 = 72,
    42/8 = 42 × 9/8 × 9 = 378/72
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 18 × 4 = 72,
    2/18 = 2 × 4/18 × 4 = 8/72
  4. Subtract the two fractions:
    378/72 - 8/72 = 378 - 8/72 = 370/72
  5. After reducing the fraction, the answer is 185/36
  6. In mixed form: 55/36

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