# How do you simplify 8 1/5 - 3 4/5?

Aug 15, 2016

$4 \frac{2}{5}$

#### Explanation:

There are 2 methods - using mixed numbers or using improper fractions, which is probably easier in this case.

$8 \frac{1}{5} - 3 \frac{4}{5}$

= $\frac{41}{5} - \frac{19}{5} = \frac{41 - 19}{5}$

=$\frac{22}{5}$

= $4 \frac{2}{5}$

OR

$8 \frac{1}{5} - 3 \frac{4}{5} \text{ subtract the whole numbers}$

=$5 \frac{1 - 4}{5} \text{ convert } 1 \to \frac{5}{5}$

=$4 \frac{5 + 1 - 4}{5}$

=$4 \frac{2}{5}$