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Subtract 36/72 from 5/30

5/30 - 36/72 is -1/3.

Steps for subtracting fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 30 and 72 is 360
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 30 × 12 = 360,
    5/30 = 5 × 12/30 × 12 = 60/360
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 72 × 5 = 360,
    36/72 = 36 × 5/72 × 5 = 180/360
  4. Subtract the two fractions:
    60/360 - 180/360 = 60 - 180/360 = -120/360
  5. After reducing the fraction, the answer is -1/3

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