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Subtract 3/18 from 42/8

1st number: 5 2/8, 2nd number: 3/18

42/8 - 3/18 is 61/12.

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,
    3/18 = 3 × 4/18 × 4 = 12/72
  4. Subtract the two fractions:
    378/72 - 12/72 = 378 - 12/72 = 366/72
  5. After reducing the fraction, the answer is 61/12
  6. In mixed form: 51/12

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