# Fraction calculator

This fraction 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 value from multiple fractions operations. Solve problems with two, three, or more fractions and numbers in one expression.

## The result:

### 2 1/2 - 1 2/7 = 17/14 = 1 3/14 ≅ 1.2142857

Spelled result in words is seventeen fourteenths (or one and three fourteenths).### 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. - Conversion a mixed number 1 2/7 to a improper fraction: 1 2/7 = 1 2/7 = 1 · 7 + 2/7 = 7 + 2/7 = 9/7

To find a new numerator:

a) Multiply the whole number 1 by the denominator 7. Whole number 1 equally 1 * 7/7 = 7/7

b) Add the answer from the previous step 7 to the numerator 2. New numerator is 7 + 2 = 9

c) Write a previous answer (new numerator 9) over the denominator 7.

One and two sevenths is nine sevenths. - Subtract: 5/2 - 9/7 = 5 · 7/2 · 7 - 9 · 2/7 · 2 = 35/14 - 18/14 = 35 - 18/14 = 17/14

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, 7) = 14. It is enough to find the common denominator (not necessarily the lowest) by multiplying the denominators: 2 × 7 = 14. In the following intermediate step, it cannot further simplify the fraction result by canceling.

In other words - five halfs minus nine sevenths is seventeen fourteenths.

#### 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:

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A chocolate cake is cut into twelve equal pieces. Mr. Greedy eats five pieces at break time with his mug of tea. What fraction of the cake is left? - A cake

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