# 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:

### 3 2/5 + 5 1/4 = 173/20 = 8 13/20 = 8.65

Spelled result in words is one hundred seventy-three twentieths (or eight and thirteen twentieths).### How do we solve fractions step by step?

- Conversion a mixed number 3 2/5 to a improper fraction: 3 2/5 = 3 2/5 = 3 · 5 + 2/5 = 15 + 2/5 = 17/5

To find a new numerator:

a) Multiply the whole number 3 by the denominator 5. Whole number 3 equally 3 * 5/5 = 15/5

b) Add the answer from the previous step 15 to the numerator 2. New numerator is 15 + 2 = 17

c) Write a previous answer (new numerator 17) over the denominator 5.

Three and two fifths is seventeen fifths. - Conversion a mixed number 5 1/4 to a improper fraction: 5 1/4 = 5 1/4 = 5 · 4 + 1/4 = 20 + 1/4 = 21/4

To find a new numerator:

a) Multiply the whole number 5 by the denominator 4. Whole number 5 equally 5 * 4/4 = 20/4

b) Add the answer from the previous step 20 to the numerator 1. New numerator is 20 + 1 = 21

c) Write a previous answer (new numerator 21) over the denominator 4.

Five and one quarter is twenty-one quarters. - Add: 17/5 + 21/4 = 17 · 4/5 · 4 + 21 · 5/4 · 5 = 68/20 + 105/20 = 68 + 105/20 = 173/20

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, 4) = 20. It is enough to find the common denominator (not necessarily the lowest) by multiplying the denominators: 5 × 4 = 20. In the following intermediate step, it cannot further simplify the fraction result by canceling.

In other words - seventeen fifths plus twenty-one quarters is one hundred seventy-three twentieths.

#### 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:

- My whole

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Marcus ate half pizza on Monday night. He then ate one-third of the remaining pizza on Tuesday. Which of the following expressions show how much pizza Marcus ate in total? - Mary read

Mary read 2/9 books in the morning and 5/9 in the evening. What fraction of books has she read? - In one day

In one day, a baker used 2/3 of a pound of flour, 3/4 of a pound of flour, and 5/12 of a pound of flour. How much flour was used that day?

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