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Subtract 42/45 from 9/40

9/40 - 42/45 is -17/24.

Steps for subtracting fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 40 and 45 is 360
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 40 × 9 = 360,
    9/40 = 9 × 9/40 × 9 = 81/360
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 45 × 8 = 360,
    42/45 = 42 × 8/45 × 8 = 336/360
  4. Subtract the two fractions:
    81/360 - 336/360 = 81 - 336/360 = -255/360
  5. After reducing the fraction, the answer is -17/24

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