# Subtracting a Fraction From A Whole Number

In these lessons, we will learn how to subtract a fraction from a whole number.

We will look at two possible methods used when subtracting a fraction from a whole number.
In the first method, we subtract 1 from the whole number and convert the 1 into a fraction with the same denominator as the fraction we are subtracting. Then we subtract the two fractions.
In the second method, we convert the whole number into a fraction with the same denominator as the fraction we are subtracting. Then we subtract the two fractions.

Method 1

We convert the whole number to a mixed number and then perform the addition or subtraction.

Example:
Calculate

Solution:

How to subtract fractions from a whole number?
Step 1: Subtract 1 from the whole number portion.
Step 2: Convert the 1 into an equivalent fraction with the same denominator as the given fraction.
Step 3: Subtract the given fraction from the equivalent fraction you converted.
Step 4: Add the results from step 1 and step 3.

Subtract a fraction from a whole number worksheet

Example:
5 - 7/10
16 - 5/8
10 - 5/12
20 - 1/16

Method 2

We convert the whole number to a fraction with the same denominator as the fraction we want to subtract and then perform the subtraction.

Example:
Calculate

Solution:

Try the free Mathway calculator and problem solver below to practice various math topics. Try the given examples, or type in your own problem and check your answer with the step-by-step explanations.