# 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:

### 3/5 - 2/3 = -1/15 ≅ -0.06666667

The spelled result in words is minus one fifteenth.### How do we solve fractions step by step?

- Subtract: 3/5 - 2/3 = 3 · 3/5 · 3 - 2 · 5/3 · 5 = 9/15 - 10/15 = 9 - 10/15 = -1/15

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, 3) = 15. It is enough to find the common denominator (not necessarily the lowest) by multiplying the denominators: 5 × 3 = 15. In the following intermediate step, it cannot further simplify the fraction result by canceling.

In other words - three fifths minus two thirds is minus one fifteenth.

### 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:

- The entity

What is the difference between seven-tenths of an entity and seven-fifteenths of the same entity? Please solve it for me. - My mother 2

My mother ate 1/8 of the cake, and my father ate 3/8 of the cake. How much cake has been eaten, and how much is left? - A football 2

A football team wins 2/5 of their matches and draws 1/3. What fraction of their matches are lost? - Two cakes

Two cakes were each cut into eight slices. Maria ate 1/8 of the chocolate cake and one slice of carrot cake. Julia ate 1/2 of the carrot cake. Mark ate one slice of each. Thomas ate three slices of chocolate cake. How many slices were left?

- Farmer Peter

Farmer Peter paints 12 chicken coops. He started painting this day morning. He only has 1/4 of the chicken coop left to paint this afternoon. How many chicken coops did farmer Peter paint this morning? - 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? - Chicken supermarket

Nela bought 5 3/4 kilos of chicken and gave 2 1/2 to her friend. How many chicken was left?

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Last Modified: June 4, 2024