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60 reduced by 1/3 is the same as 50 reduced by a -?

find missing values 50 reduced by a one fraction 
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60 - (1/3) = 50 - a
 
 
Solve for a.

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A fraction is a part of a whole.  1/3 means that you have a whole piece cut into 3 equal smaller pieces, and you count one of those pieces.
You are supposed to solve for the variable a.  When you solve for that variable, what number did you get?