# Fraction calculator

This fraction calculator performs all fraction operations - addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and evaluates expressions with fractions. It also shows detailed step-by-step informations.

## The result:

### -5 3/4 - 3 1/2 = -37/4 = -9 1/4 = -9.25

The spelled result in words is minus thirty-seven quarters (or minus nine and one quarter).### How do we solve fractions step by step?

- Conversion a mixed number 5 3/4 to a improper fraction: 5 3/4 = 5 3/4 = 5 · 4 + 3/4 = 20 + 3/4 = 23/4

To find a new numerator:

a) Multiply the whole number 5 by the denominator 4. Whole number 5 equally 5 * 4/4 = 20/4

b) Add the answer from the previous step 20 to the numerator 3. New numerator is 20 + 3 = 23

c) Write a previous answer (new numerator 23) over the denominator 4.

Five and three quarters is twenty-three quarters. - Unary minus: -23/4 = -23/4
- Conversion a mixed number 3 1/2 to a improper fraction: 3 1/2 = 3 1/2 = 3 · 2 + 1/2 = 6 + 1/2 = 7/2

To find a new numerator:

a) Multiply the whole number 3 by the denominator 2. Whole number 3 equally 3 * 2/2 = 6/2

b) Add the answer from the previous step 6 to the numerator 1. New numerator is 6 + 1 = 7

c) Write a previous answer (new numerator 7) over the denominator 2.

Three and one half is seven halfs. - Subtract: the result of step No. 2 - 7/2 = -23/4 - 7/2 = -23/4 - 7 · 2/2 · 2 = -23/4 - 14/4 = -23 - 14/4 = -37/4

It is suitable to adjust both fractions to a common (equal, identical) denominator for adding, subtracting, and comparing fractions. The common denominator you can calculate as the least common multiple of both denominators - LCM(4, 2) = 4. It is enough to find the common denominator (not necessarily the lowest) by multiplying the denominators: 4 × 2 = 8. In the following intermediate step, it cannot further simplify the fraction result by canceling.

In other words - minus twenty-three quarters minus seven halfs is minus thirty-seven quarters.

### Rules for expressions with fractions:

**Fractions**- use a forward slash to divide the numerator by the denominator, i.e., for five-hundredths, enter

**5/100**. If you use mixed numbers, leave a space between the whole and fraction parts.

**Mixed numerals**(mixed numbers or fractions) keep one space between the integer and

fraction and use a forward slash to input fractions i.e.,

**1 2/3**. An example of a negative mixed fraction:

**-5 1/2**.

Because slash is both sign for fraction line and division, use a colon (:) as the operator of division fractions i.e.,

**1/2 : 1/3**.

Decimals (decimal numbers) enter with a decimal point

**.**and they are automatically converted to fractions - i.e.

**1.45**.

### Math Symbols

Symbol | Symbol name | Symbol Meaning | Example |
---|---|---|---|

+ | plus sign | addition | 1/2 + 1/3 |

- | minus sign | subtraction | 1 1/2 - 2/3 |

* | asterisk | multiplication | 2/3 * 3/4 |

× | times sign | multiplication | 2/3 × 5/6 |

: | division sign | division | 1/2 : 3 |

/ | division slash | division | 1/3 / 5 |

: | colon | complex fraction | 1/2 : 1/3 |

^ | caret | exponentiation / power | 1/4^3 |

() | parentheses | calculate expression inside first | -3/5 - (-1/4) |

#### Examples:

• adding fractions: 2/4 + 3/4• subtracting fractions: 2/3 - 1/2

• multiplying fractions: 7/8 * 3/9

• dividing Fractions: 1/2 : 3/4

• reciprocal of a fraction: 1 : 3/4

• square of a fraction: 2/3 ^ 2

• cube of a fraction: 2/3 ^ 3

• exponentiation of a fraction: 1/2 ^ 4

• fractional exponents: 16 ^ 1/2

• adding fractions and mixed numbers: 8/5 + 6 2/7

• dividing integer and fraction: 5 ÷ 1/2

• complex fractions: 5/8 : 2 2/3

• decimal to fraction: 0.625

• Fraction to Decimal: 1/4

• Fraction to Percent: 1/8 %

• comparing fractions: 1/4 2/3

• square root of a fraction: sqrt(1/16)

• expression with brackets: 1/3 * (1/2 - 3 3/8)

• compound fraction: 3/4 of 5/7

• fractions multiple: 2/3 of 3/5

• divide to find the quotient: 3/5÷2/3

The calculator follows well-known rules for

**the order of operations**. The most common mnemonics for remembering this order of operations are:

**PEMDAS**- Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, Subtraction.

**BEDMAS**- Brackets, Exponents, Division, Multiplication, Addition, Subtraction

**BODMAS**- Brackets, Of or Order, Division, Multiplication, Addition, Subtraction.

**GEMDAS**- Grouping Symbols - brackets (){}, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, Subtraction.

**MDAS**- Multiplication and Division have the same precedence over Addition and Subtraction. The MDAS rule is the order of operations part of the PEMDAS rule.

Be careful; always do

**multiplication and division**before

**addition and subtraction**. Some operators (+ and -) and (* and /) have the same priority and must be evaluated from left to right.

## Fractions in word problems:

- A man 4

A man has 560 cows. He sells 1/4 of them. How many cows are left? - Decrease 64204

Decrease the number 104 by 3/8 of the given number. - A wheat 2

A wheat bag contains 50kg of wheat. After consuming 2/7 of it, how much wheat is left in a bag? - Mary spends

Mary spends 2 1/8 hours running and also spends 1 5/7 hours at the mall. How much less time does Mary spend at the mall compared to running?

- Jerrie

Jerrie can repair her car in 1 1/12 hours. A mechanic can do the same job in 8/12 hours. How much longer does it take Jerrie to do the job? - Cooking classes

Ms. Wright's two cooking classes are making a total of 60 sweet potato pies. Each pie requires 2 1/4 sweet potatoes. Her first class makes 1/3 of the total number of pies needed. Exactly how many sweet potatoes will her second class need in order to make - Peter 10

Peter covered 1/2 of the journey on Monday, 1/4 of the remainder on Tuesday, and the rest on Wednesday. What fraction of the journey was covered on the two days?

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Last Modified: July 9, 2024