How do you simplify # 5/8 + (-7/8) #?

1 Answer
Aug 14, 2018

Answer:

#-1/4#

Explanation:

#"note that "+(-)" represents subtraction"#

#5/8+(-7/8)=5/8-7/8#

#"since the fractions have a common denominator"#
#"we can subtract the numerators leaving the denominator"#

#5/8-7/8=(5-7)/8=-cancel(2)^1/cancel(8)^4=-1/4#