We will learn about subtraction of rational numbers. If a/b and c/d are two rational numbers, then subtracting c/d from a/b means adding additive inverse (negative) of c/d to a/b. The subtracting of c/d from a/b is written as a/b  c/d.
Thus, we have
a/b  c/d = a/b + (c/d), [Since additive inverse of c/d is c/d]
How to solve subtraction of two rational numbers?
The examples will illustrate the procedure to solve subtraction of rational numbers.
1. Subtract 2/5 from 4/7
Solution:
The additive inverse of 2/5 is 2/5
Therefore, 4/7  2/5 = 4/7 + (2/5)
⇒ 4/7  2/5 = 4 × 5/7 × 5 + (2) × 7/5 × 7
= 20/35 + 14/35
= 20 + (14)/35
= 6/35
Therefore, 4/7  2/5 = 6/35
2. Subtract 6/7 from 5/8.
Solution:
The additive inverse of 6/7 is 6/7
Therefore, 5/8  (6/7) = 5/8 + 6/7, [Since, (6/7) = 6/7)]
⇒ 5/8  (6/7) = 5 × 7/8 × 7 + 6 × 8/7 × 8
⇒ 5/8  (6/7) = 35/56 + 48/56
⇒ 5/8  (6/7) = 35 + 48/56
⇒ 5/8  (6/7) = 13/56
Therefore, 5/8  (6/7) = 13/56
3. Subtract 4/9 from 2/5
Solution:
The additive inverse of 4/9 is 4/9.
Therefore, 2/5  (4/9) = 2/5 + 4/9, [Since, (4/9) = 4/9)]
⇒ 2/5  (4/9) = 2 × 9/5 × 9 + 4 × 5/9 × 5
⇒ 2/5  (4/9) = 18/45 + 20/45
⇒ 2/5  (4/9) = 18 + 20/45
Therefore, 2/5  (4/9) = 38/45
4. The sum of two rational numbers is 3/5. If one of the number is 9/20, find the other.
Solution:
Sum other number = 3/5, One number = 9/20
Therefore, the other number = Sum of the two rational numbers  One of the given rational number.
= 3/5  (9/20)
= 3/5 + 9/20, [Since  (9/20) = 9/20]
= (3) × 4 + 9 × 1/20
= 12 + 9/20
= 3/20
Therefore, the required rational number is 3/20.
5. Which rational number should be added to 7/11 so as to get 4/7?
Solution:
Su of the given number and the required rational number = 4/7.
Given rational number = 7/11.
Therefore, the required number = Sum  Given number
= 4/7 + 7/11
= 4 × 11/7 ×11 + 7 × 7/11 × 7
= 44/77 + 49/77
= 44 + 49/77
= 93/77
Thus, the rational number 93/77 should be added to 7/11 so as to get 4/7.
6. What should be subtracted from 4/5 so as to get 6/15?
Solution:
Difference of the given rational number and the required rational number = 6/15.
Given rational number = 4/5.
Therefore the required rational number = 4/5  6/15
= 4/5 + 6/15
= (4) × 3/5 × 3 + 6/15
= 12/15 + 6/15
= (12) + (6)/15
= 18/15
= 6/5
Thus, the rational number 6/5 subtracted from 4/5 so as to get 6/15.
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