# 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:

### 41/2 - 23/4 = 7/4 = 1 3/4 = 1.75

Spelled result in words is seven quarters (or one and three quarters).

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

1. Conversion a mixed number 4 1/2 to a improper fraction: 4 1/2 = 4 1/2 = 4 · 2 + 1/2 = 8 + 1/2 = 9/2

To find a new numerator:
a) Multiply the whole number 4 by the denominator 2. Whole number 4 equally 4 * 2/2 = 8/2
b) Add the answer from the previous step 8 to the numerator 1. New numerator is 8 + 1 = 9
c) Write a previous answer (new numerator 9) over the denominator 2.

Four and one half is nine halfs.
2. Conversion a mixed number 2 3/4 to a improper fraction: 2 3/4 = 2 3/4 = 2 · 4 + 3/4 = 8 + 3/4 = 11/4

To find a new numerator:
a) Multiply the whole number 2 by the denominator 4. Whole number 2 equally 2 * 4/4 = 8/4
b) Add the answer from the previous step 8 to the numerator 3. New numerator is 8 + 3 = 11
c) Write a previous answer (new numerator 11) over the denominator 4.

Two and three quarters is eleven quarters.
3. Subtract: 9/2 - 11/4 = 9 · 2/2 · 2 - 11/4 = 18/4 - 11/4 = 18 - 11/4 = 7/4
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(2, 4) = 4. It is enough to find the common denominator (not necessarily the lowest) by multiplying the denominators: 2 × 4 = 8. In the following intermediate step, it cannot further simplify the fraction result by canceling.
In other words - nine halfs minus eleven quarters is seven quarters.

#### 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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