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:

3 1/4 - 2 7/8 = 3/8 = 0.375

Spelled result in words is three eighths.

How do you solve fractions step by step?

  1. Conversion a mixed number 3 1/4 to a improper fraction: 3 1/4 = 3 1/4 = 3 · 4 + 1/4 = 12 + 1/4 = 13/4

    To find new numerator:
    a) Multiply the whole number 3 by the denominator 4. Whole number 3 equally 3 * 4/4 = 12/4
    b) Add the answer from previous step 12 to the numerator 1. New numerator is 12 + 1 = 13
    c) Write a previous answer (new numerator 13) over the denominator 4.

    Three and one quarter is thirteen quarters
  2. Conversion a mixed number 2 7/8 to a improper fraction: 2 7/8 = 2 7/8 = 2 · 8 + 7/8 = 16 + 7/8 = 23/8

    To find new numerator:
    a) Multiply the whole number 2 by the denominator 8. Whole number 2 equally 2 * 8/8 = 16/8
    b) Add the answer from previous step 16 to the numerator 7. New numerator is 16 + 7 = 23
    c) Write a previous answer (new numerator 23) over the denominator 8.

    Two and seven eighths is twenty-three eighths
  3. Subtract: 13/4 - 23/8 = 13 · 2/4 · 2 - 23/8 = 26/8 - 23/8 = 26 - 23/8 = 3/8
    For adding, subtracting, and comparing fractions, it is suitable to adjust both fractions to a common (equal, identical) denominator. The common denominator you can calculate as the least common multiple of both denominators - LCM(4, 8) = 8. In practice, it is enough to find the common denominator (not necessarily the lowest) by multiplying the denominators: 4 × 8 = 32. In the next intermediate step, the fraction result cannot be further simplified by canceling.
    In words - thirteen quarters minus twenty-three eighths = three eighths.

Rules for expressions with fractions:

Fractions - use the 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 non-zero 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:

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  • Michael
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  • 7th grade pupils
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    apples Bitoo ate 3/5 part of an apple and the remaining part was eaten by his sister Reena. How much part of an apple did Renna eat? Who had the larger share? By how much?
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  • Ali bought
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  • Interior designer
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  • Three friends
    watertank John, Peter, and Pablo each carried a 24 liters bucket full of water down the hill. After they reached the bottom, John's bucket was only 3/4 full, Peter's bucket was 2/3 full, and Pablo's was 1/6 full. How much liters of water did they spill altogether o
  • Half of 2
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