# Fraction calculator

This fractions calculator performs all fraction operations - addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and evaluates expressions with fractions. It also shows detailed step-by-step informations.

## The result:

### 31/8 - 11/2 = 13/8 = 1 5/8 = 1.625

The spelled result in words is thirteen eighths (or one and five eighths).

### How do we solve fractions step by step?

1. Conversion a mixed number 3 1/8 to a improper fraction: 3 1/8 = 3 1/8 = 3 · 8 + 1/8 = 24 + 1/8 = 25/8

To find a new numerator:
a) Multiply the whole number 3 by the denominator 8. Whole number 3 equally 3 * 8/8 = 24/8
b) Add the answer from the previous step 24 to the numerator 1. New numerator is 24 + 1 = 25
c) Write a previous answer (new numerator 25) over the denominator 8.

Three and one eighth is twenty-five eighths.
2. Conversion a mixed number 1 1/2 to a improper fraction: 1 1/2 = 1 1/2 = 1 · 2 + 1/2 = 2 + 1/2 = 3/2

To find a new numerator:
a) Multiply the whole number 1 by the denominator 2. Whole number 1 equally 1 * 2/2 = 2/2
b) Add the answer from the previous step 2 to the numerator 1. New numerator is 2 + 1 = 3
c) Write a previous answer (new numerator 3) over the denominator 2.

One and one half is three halfs.
3. Subtract: 25/8 - 3/2 = 25/8 - 3 · 4/2 · 4 = 25/8 - 12/8 = 25 - 12/8 = 13/8
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(8, 2) = 8. It is enough to find the common denominator (not necessarily the lowest) by multiplying the denominators: 8 × 2 = 16. In the following intermediate step, it cannot further simplify the fraction result by canceling.
In other words - twenty-five eighths minus three halfs is thirteen eighths.

### 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.

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