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:

12/4 * 35/6 = 23/4 = 5 3/4 = 5.75

The spelled result in words is twenty-three quarters (or five and three quarters).

How do we solve fractions step by step?

1. Conversion a mixed number 1 2/4 to a improper fraction: 1 2/4 = 1 2/4 = 1 · 4 + 2/4 = 4 + 2/4 = 6/4

To find a new numerator:
a) Multiply the whole number 1 by the denominator 4. Whole number 1 equally 1 * 4/4 = 4/4
b) Add the answer from the previous step 4 to the numerator 2. New numerator is 4 + 2 = 6
c) Write a previous answer (new numerator 6) over the denominator 4.

One and two quarters is six quarters.
2. Conversion a mixed number 3 5/6 to a improper fraction: 3 5/6 = 3 5/6 = 3 · 6 + 5/6 = 18 + 5/6 = 23/6

To find a new numerator:
a) Multiply the whole number 3 by the denominator 6. Whole number 3 equally 3 * 6/6 = 18/6
b) Add the answer from the previous step 18 to the numerator 5. New numerator is 18 + 5 = 23
c) Write a previous answer (new numerator 23) over the denominator 6.

Three and five sixths is twenty-three sixths.
3. Multiple: 6/4 * 23/6 = 6 · 23/4 · 6 = 138/24 = 23 · 6/4 · 6 = 23/4
Multiply both numerators and denominators. Result fraction keep to lowest possible denominator GCD(138, 24) = 6. In the following intermediate step, cancel by a common factor of 6 gives 23/4.
In other words - six quarters multiplied by twenty-three sixths is twenty-three 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

SymbolSymbol nameSymbol MeaningExample
+plus signaddition 1/2 + 1/3
-minus signsubtraction 1 1/2 - 2/3
*asteriskmultiplication 2/3 * 3/4
×times signmultiplication 2/3 × 5/6
:division signdivision 1/2 : 3
/division slashdivision 1/3 / 5
:coloncomplex fraction 1/2 : 1/3
^caretexponentiation / power 1/4^3
()parenthesescalculate expression inside first-3/5 - (-1/4)

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.

Last Modified: July 13, 2024