# Fraction calculator

This calculator divides a fraction by an integer or a whole number. To divide a fraction by a whole number, we divide the denominator by the whole number. Then simplify the result to the lowest terms or a mixed number.

## The result:

### 1/7 : 3 = 1/21 ≅ 0.04761905

Spelled result in words is one twenty-first.### How do we solve fractions step by step?

- Divide: 1/7 : 3 = 1/7 · 1/3 = 1 · 1/7 · 3 = 1/21

Dividing two fractions is the same as multiplying the first fraction by the reciprocal value of the second fraction. The first sub-step is to find the reciprocal (reverse the numerator and denominator, reciprocal of 3/1 is 1/3) of the second fraction. Next, multiply the two numerators. Then, multiply the two denominators. In the following intermediate step, it cannot further simplify the fraction result by canceling.

In other words - one seventh divided by three is one twenty-first.

#### 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) |

## Fractions in word problems:

- A seller

A seller sliced some pizza into eights. After selling 57 slices, seven slices were left. How many whole pizzas did the vendor slice? - Larry 2

Larry spends half of his workday teaching piano lessons. He sees six students and gives the same amount of time to each. What fraction of his workday is spent with each student? - In dividing

In dividing fractions, get the reciprocal of the divisor and change the division symbol to the multiplication symbol. 2/3 : 5/6 - Divide 42

Divide. Write your answer in the lowest terms as a proper or improper fraction. (8/25)÷(-4/5) - Two boxes 3

Two boxes of pizza of the same size are left on the table. One box has 1/2 of a pizza, and the other has 3/4 of a pizza left in it. Then, Mother divides all the pizzas into 1/8 each. How many were many slices of pizza left?

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