# Fraction calculator

This calculator subtracts two fractions. First, convert all fractions to a common denominator when fractions have different denominators. Find Least Common Denominator (LCD) or multiply all denominators to find a common denominator. When all denominators are the same, simply subtract the numerators and place the result over the common denominator. Then simplify the result to the lowest terms or a mixed number.

## The result:

### 2/5 - 1/4 = 3/20 = 0.15

The spelled result in words is three twentieths.### How do we solve fractions step by step?

- Subtract: 2/5 - 1/4 = 2 · 4/5 · 4 - 1 · 5/4 · 5 = 8/20 - 5/20 = 8 - 5/20 = 3/20

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(5, 4) = 20. It is enough to find the common denominator (not necessarily the lowest) by multiplying the denominators: 5 × 4 = 20. In the following intermediate step, it cannot further simplify the fraction result by canceling.

In other words - two fifths minus one quarter is three twentieths.

### 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:

- Puzzle game

In a letter puzzle game, John can use every alphabet only once. He used only 8 alphabets to solve the puzzle. What fraction of the 26 alphabets did he use? Express your answer as a fraction in the simplest form. - In fractions

An ant climbs 2/5 of the pole in the first hour and climbs 1/4 of the pole in the next hour. What part of the pole does the ant climb in two hours? - Vegetarian menu

At a restaurant, 2/3 of the dishes on the menu are vegetarian. Of the vegetarian dishes, 1/10 are pasta dishes. What fraction of the dishes on the menu are vegetarian pasta dishes? - Questions 83115

Irena solves the test. She solved three-quarters of all questions during the first reading and another sixth during the review. In total, she solved 22 questions. How many questions does the whole test consist of?

- The cat

The cat starts with 4/6 of a cup in his bowl. It eats 1/4 of a cup of food. How much food is left? - Peter 15

Peter try to calculate: 3/4 x 2/3 He did 3x3 to get 9 and 4 x 2 to get 8. The final answer is 8/9. Can you explain the error and how to help? What is the correct answer? - A less than B

What is 3/5 less than 11/12? (Answer should be in proper or improper only: Example 1/2, -1/2, 3/2, and -3/2)

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Last Modified: July 13, 2024