# 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:

### 2 1/2 - 1/4 = 9/4 = 2 1/4 = 2.25

The spelled result in words is nine quarters (or two and one quarter).### How do we solve fractions step by step?

- Conversion a mixed number 2 1/2 to a improper fraction: 2 1/2 = 2 1/2 = 2 · 2 + 1/2 = 4 + 1/2 = 5/2

To find a new numerator:

a) Multiply the whole number 2 by the denominator 2. Whole number 2 equally 2 * 2/2 = 4/2

b) Add the answer from the previous step 4 to the numerator 1. New numerator is 4 + 1 = 5

c) Write a previous answer (new numerator 5) over the denominator 2.

Two and one half is five halfs. - Subtract: 5/2 - 1/4 = 5 · 2/2 · 2 - 1/4 = 10/4 - 1/4 = 10 - 1/4 = 9/4

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(2, 4) = 4. It is enough to find the common denominator (not necessarily the lowest) by multiplying the denominators: 2 × 4 = 8. In the following intermediate step, it cannot further simplify the fraction result by canceling.

In other words - five halfs minus one quarter is nine 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

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

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

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

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

• 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:

- A man 16

A man sold half of his land. He gave 1/3 of the remaining to his son and 1/4 of the balance to his daughter. What fraction of his land is now left with him? - Joe had

Joe had a full tank of petrol in his car. His car consumed 2/9 of the tank of petrol on Saturday and 1/3 of it on Sunday. What fraction of the tank of petrol was left after the weekend? - Charlie 2

Charlie has $10 1/2; she went to the store and bought a chap-stick for $1.75. How much money does she have now? - From 1842

From 1842 to 1875, the yearly erosion of 61/100 meters to a maximum of 1 17/50 meters. By how much did these rates of erosion differ?

- Tim had

Tim had $360. He spent 1/4 on CD's and 2/3 of the remainder on snacks. What was left in his piggy bank? - Tourists 82400

On the first day, tourists covered 3/14 of the planned route, on the second day 1/3 of the route, and on the third day 8/21 of the route. On which day did they walk the longest part of the route (1,2,3)? - A book 4

A book has 280 pages. I read 2/7 of the book yesterday, while I read 1/4 of it today. How many pages did I read in 2 days? - Fraction 82525

Of 32 students in the class, 3/4 of the children were on the trip. Write as a fraction what part of the students stayed at home. How many students were on the trip? - A farmer 9

A farmer has 3 hectares of an orchard. ½ of the land is occupied by apples, ⅙ of the remainder is occupied by lemon trees, and tree tomatoes occupy the rest of it. Find the fraction of the land occupied by tree tomatoes.

- Xero had

Xero had a piece of ribbon. He used 0.4 of it to tie 2 small boxes and 2 large boxes. The length of ribbon needed for a large box is 3 times the length of ribbon needed for a small box. Xero used 5/6 of the remaining ribbon to decorate the presents. a) Wh - The bread 2

Sandra and Tylar baked two loaves of bread. On Monday, they ate 1/2 of one loaf. On Tuesday, they ate 1/3 of one loaf of bread. How much bread is left? - Peter's calculation

Peter wrote the following: 7 1/4 - 3 3/4 = 4 2/4 = 4 1/2 . Is Peter's calculation correct? Using words (math vocabulary) and numbers to explain why he is correct or incorrect. - Muffins 2

Shayla is baking muffins that require 1/2 cup of vegetable oil. She only has 1/3 cup left. How much more does she need? - Subtract from mixed

If you subtract N from 8 2/5, the difference is 3 4/3. What is N?

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