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:

5/6 - 1/2 = 1/30.3333333

Spelled result in words is one third.

How do you solve fractions step by step?

  1. Subtract: 5/6 - 1/2 = 5/6 - 1 · 3/2 · 3 = 5/6 - 3/6 = 5 - 3/6 = 2/6 = 2 · 1/2 · 3 = 1/3
    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(6, 2) = 6. In practice, it is enough to find the common denominator (not necessarily the lowest) by multiplying the denominators: 6 × 2 = 12. In the following intermediate step, cancel by a common factor of 2 gives 1/3.
    In other words - five sixths minus one half = one third.

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:

  • Square metal sheet
    plech We cut out four squares of 300 mm side from a square sheet metal plate with a side of 0,7 m. Express the fraction and the percentage of waste from the square metal sheet.
  • Sundar
    chocholate Sundar has 50 chocolates. He gave 2/5 of these chocolates to Ram and he ate 1/5 of them. How many chocolates are left with Sundar?
  • Mother 7
    mangoes Mother bought 18 fruits. 1/3 were pineapple and the rest  were mangoes . how many were mangoes
  • Equation with mixed 2
    mixed A number, X, is subtracted from 8 1/4. The result is 12 3/5. What is the value of X?
  • Pounds
    jablka Three pounds subtract 1/3 of a pound.
  • Hotel 4
    manderlak A 360 room hotel has 1/3 of its rooms occupied at present. How many rooms are empty?
  • Bucket of clay
    sand Tina and Bill share a 12-ounce bucket of clay. By the end of the week, Tina has used 1/6 of the bucket, and Bill has used 2/3 of the bucket of clay. How many ounces are left in the bucket?
  • Fractions and mixed numerals
    mixed_fractions (a) Convert the following mixed numbers to improper fractions. i. 3 5/8 ii. 7 7/6 (b) Convert the following improper fraction to a mixed number. i. 13/4 ii. 78/5 (c) Simplify these fractions to their lowest terms. i. 36/42 ii. 27/45 2. evaluate the follow
  • Benhur
    water2 Benhur boiled 1 1/4 liters of water in a kettle. After 10 1/2 minutes he measured the water again. It had 3/4 liters left in the kettle. What is the amount of water that evaporates every minutes?
  • Savings
    savings Eva borrowed 1/3 of her savings to her brother, 1/2 of savings spent in the store and 7 euros left. How much did she save?
  • There 17
    kolac There is 3/4 of a cake on a plate in Maria's kitchen.  Silvia sees the cake and eats 1/5 of the cake.  Then Franca takes 1/3 of what was there and shares half of her portion with Antonella.  What fraction of the cake is left?
  • Mrs. Susan
    textiles Mrs. Susan bought 1/8 m of curtain cloth. She used 3/5 m to make a curtain for the living room window. How many meters of cloth were not used?
  • Jose studied
    clocks Jose studied for 4 and 1/2 hours on Saturday and another 6 and 1/4 hours on Sunday. How many subjects did he study if he has alloted 1 and 1/2 hours per subject on Saturday and 1 and 1/4 hours per subject on Sunday?


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