Fraction calculator



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

Result:

12 3/8 ÷ 2 3/4 = 9/2 = 4 1/2 = 4.5

Spelled result in words is nine halfs (or four and one half).

How do you solve fractions step by step?

  1. Conversion a mixed number 12 3/8 to a improper fraction: 12 3/8 = 12 3/8 = 12 · 8 + 3/8 = 96 + 3/8 = 99/8

    To find a new numerator:
    a) Multiply the whole number 12 by the denominator 8. Whole number 12 equally 12 * 8/8 = 96/8
    b) Add the answer from previous step 96 to the numerator 3. New numerator is 96 + 3 = 99
    c) Write a previous answer (new numerator 99) over the denominator 8.

    Twelve and three eighths is ninety-nine eighths
  2. Conversion a mixed number 2 3/4 to a improper fraction: 2 3/4 = 2 3/4 = 2 · 4 + 3/4 = 8 + 3/4 = 11/4

    To find a new numerator:
    a) Multiply the whole number 2 by the denominator 4. Whole number 2 equally 2 * 4/4 = 8/4
    b) Add the answer from previous step 8 to the numerator 3. New numerator is 8 + 3 = 11
    c) Write a previous answer (new numerator 11) over the denominator 4.

    Two and three quarters is eleven quarters
  3. Divide: 99/8 : 11/4 = 99/8 · 4/11 = 99 · 4/8 · 11 = 396/88 = 44 · 9 /44 · 2 = 9/2
    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 11/4 is 4/11) of the second fraction. Next, multiply the two numerators. Then, multiply the two denominators. In the following intermediate step, cancel by a common factor of 44 gives 9/2.
    In other words - ninety-nine eighths divided by eleven quarters = nine halfs.




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 are using mixed numbers, leave a space between the whole and fraction part.

Mixed numerals (mixed fractions or mixed numbers) 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 signs for fraction line and division, use 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 /) has the same priority and then must evaluate from left to right.