# Fraction calculator

The calculator performs basic and advanced operations with fractions, expressions with fractions combined with integers, decimals, and mixed numbers. It also shows detailed step-by-step information about the fraction calculation procedure. Solve problems with two, three, or more fractions and numbers in one expression.

## Result:

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

Spelled result in words is minus thirty-seven quarters (or minus nine and one quarter).### How do you 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 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 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 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 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

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

In words - minus twenty-three quarters minus seven halfs = minus thirty-seven quarters.

#### Rules for expressions with fractions:

**Fractions**- use the slash “/” between the numerator and denominator, i.e., for five-hundredths, enter

**5/100**. If you are using mixed numbers, be sure to leave a single space between the whole and fraction part.

The slash separates the numerator (number above a fraction line) and denominator (number below).

**Mixed numerals**(mixed fractions or mixed numbers) write as non-zero integer separated by one space and fraction i.e.,

**1 2/3**(having the same sign). An example of a negative mixed fraction:

**-5 1/2**.

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

**1/2 : 3**.

Decimals (decimal numbers) enter with a decimal point

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

**1.45**.

The colon

**:**and slash

**/**is the symbol of division. Can be used to divide mixed numbers

**1 2/3 : 4 3/8**or can be used for write complex fractions i.e.

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

An asterisk

*****or

**×**is the symbol for multiplication.

Plus

**+**is addition, minus sign

**-**is subtraction and

**()[]**is mathematical parentheses.

The exponentiation/power symbol is

**^**- for example:

**(7/8-4/5)^2**= (7/8-4/5)

^{2}

#### 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

• exponentiation of fraction: 3/5^3

• 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

• multiplying a fraction by a whole number: 6 * 3/4

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

• reducing or simplifying the fraction (simplification) - dividing the numerator and denominator of a fraction by the same non-zero number - equivalent fraction: 4/22

• 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

**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.

Be careful, always do

**multiplication and division**before

**addition and subtraction**. Some operators (+ and -) and (* and /) has the same priority and then must evaluate from left to right.

## Fractions in word problems:

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Michael had a bar of chocolate. He ate 1/2 of it and gave away 1/3. What fraction had he left? - Animal species

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An empty can has a mass of 1/6 lb. When it is filled with sand, it has a mass of 7/12 lb. Find the mass of the sand in the can? - Two cakes

Two cakes were each cut into 8 slices. Maria ate 1/8 of the chocolate cake and 1 slice of carrot cake. Julia ate 1/2 of the carrot cake. Mark ate 1 slice of each. Thomas ate 3 slices of chocolate cake. How many slices were left? - Fraction expression

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Mr. Peter mowed 2/7 of his lawn. His son mowed 1/4 of it. Who mowed the most? How much of the lawn still need to be mowed? - 5 2/5

5 2/5 hours a week mathematics, 3 3/4 hours a week Natural sciences, 4 3/8 hours a week Technology . how many hours does he spend on social sciences if he spend 17 1/2 hours a week for the four subject? - On the floor 2

The floor area of a living room is 9 7/9 m^{2}. A carpet with an area of 5 5/8 m^{2}is placed on the floor. Find the area of the room that is not covered with carpet. - Shirts

In a classroom, 1/6 of the students are wearing blue shirts and 2/3 are wearing white shirts. There are 36 students in the class. How many students are wearing a shirt other than blue or white? - A farmer 3

A farmer sells 9.3 kg of pears and apples at the farmers market.3/4 of this weight is pears, and the rest is apples. How many kilograms of apples did she sell at the farmers market. - Larry

Larry received 1/3 pound of candy from his grandmother and 2/5 pound of candy from his best friend. Larry's sister ate 1/2 pound of Larry's candy. How many pounds of candy does Larry have left?

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