Fraction calculator



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

Result:

2 1/2 * 1/2 = 5/4 = 1 1/4 = 1.25

Spelled result in words is five quarters (or one and one quarter).

How do you solve fractions step by step?

  1. 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 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
  2. Multiple: 5/2 * 1/2 = 5 · 1/2 · 2 = 5/4
    Multiply both numerators and denominators. Result fraction keep to lowest possible denominator GCD(5, 4) = 1. In the following intermediate step, it cannot further simplify the fraction result by canceling.
    In other words - five halfs multiplied by one half = five quarters.

Rules for expressions with fractions:

Fractions - simply use a forward slash between the numerator and denominator, i.e., for five-hundredths, enter 5/100. If you are using mixed numbers, be sure to leave a single space between the whole and fraction part.
The slash separates the numerator (number above a fraction line) and denominator (number below).

Mixed numerals (mixed fractions or mixed numbers) write as integer separated by one space and fraction i.e., 1 2/3 (having the same sign). An example of a negative mixed fraction: -5 1/2.
Because slash is both signs for fraction line and division, we recommended use colon (:) as the operator of division fractions i.e., 1/2 : 3.

Decimals (decimal numbers) enter with a decimal point . and they are automatically converted to fractions - i.e. 1.45.

The colon : and slash / is the symbol of division. Can be used to divide mixed numbers 1 2/3 : 4 3/8 or can be used for write complex fractions i.e. 1/2 : 1/3.
An asterisk * or × is the symbol for multiplication.
Plus + is addition, minus sign - is subtraction and ()[] is mathematical parentheses.
The exponentiation/power symbol is ^ - for example: (7/8-4/5)^2 = (7/8-4/5)2


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
exponentiation of fraction: 3/5^3
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) - dividing the numerator and denominator of a fraction by the same non-zero number - equivalent fraction: 4/22
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 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.
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.

Fractions in word problems:

  • One quarter
    Which of the following has a sum of 3/4? A. 1/2+1/4 B. 1/2+1/3 C. 1/4+1/8 D. 1/9+1/12​
  • Equivalent fractions
    Are these two fractions equivalent -4/9 and 11/15?
  • Sort fractions
    Which of the following fractions is the largest? 29/36 5/6 7/9 3/4
  • Luke
    Luke, Seth, and Anja have empty glasses. Mr. Gabel pours 3/6 cup of orange juice in Seth's glass. Then he pouts 1/6 cup of orange juice in Luke's glass and 2/6 cup of orange juice in Anja's glass. Who gets the MOST orange juice?
  • Giraffes to monkeys
    The ratio of the number of giraffes to the number of monkeys in a zoo is 2 to 5. Which statement about the giraffes and monkeys could be true? A. For every 10 monkeys in the zoo, there are 4 giraffes. B. For every  giraffe in the zoo, there are 3 monkeys.
  • Pumpkin pie
    Have some pumpkin pie. One half of the pie is cut into 4 equal slices, the other half is cut into 3 equal slices. After eating one of the larger slices (on the 3 piece side), I wonder if I will eat more if I have one more from the 3 side, or two from the
  • Paper collecting
    At the paper collecting contest gathered Franta 2/9 ton, Karel 1/4 ton, and Patrick 19/36 tons of paper. Who has gathered the most and the least?
  • Leo hiked
    Leo hiked 6/7 of a kilometer. Jericho hiked 2/3 kilometer. Who covered a longer distance? How much longer?
  • Orchard
    One-eighth of the trees in the fruit plant in winter froze, and one-twelfth of damaged disease and pests. Healthy trees remained 152. Is it enough to supply 35 trees to restore the original number of trees in the orchard?
  • Compare
    Compare fractions (34)/(3) and (12)/(4). Which fraction of the lower?
  • Sandy
    Sandy, John and Marg baked pies for the Bake Sale. Sandy cut his pies into 6ths, John but his into 8ths, and Marg cut hers into quarters. Sandy sold 11/6, John sold  1 3/8 pies, and Marg sold 9/4 pies. Who sold the most pies? Who sold the fewest?
  • Roma ate
    Roma ate 2/5 of a cake while Somya ate 3/7 of the same cake. Who ate more and by how much?
  • Fractions
    Sort fractions z1 = (6)/(11); z2 = (10)/(21); z3 = (19)/(22) by its size. Result write as three serial numbers 1,2,3.


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