## Basic College Mathematics (9th Edition)

1. Step: Make sure the bottom numbers (the denominators) are the same. $\frac{3}{4} - \frac{1}{4}$ 2. Step: Subtract the numerators. Put the answer over the same denominator. $\frac{3}{4} - \frac{1}{4} = \frac{3-1}{4} = \frac{2}{4}$ 3.Step: Simplify the fraction (if needed). $\frac{3}{4} - \frac{1}{4} = \frac{3-1}{4} = \frac{2}{4} = \frac{1}{2}$.