# Fraction calculator

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

## The result:

### 5 4/7 - 2 1/2 = 43/14 = 3 1/14 ≅ 3.0714286

The spelled result in words is forty-three fourteenths (or three and one fourteenth).### How do we solve fractions step by step?

- Conversion a mixed number 5 4/7 to a improper fraction: 5 4/7 = 5 4/7 = 5 · 7 + 4/7 = 35 + 4/7 = 39/7

To find a new numerator:

a) Multiply the whole number 5 by the denominator 7. Whole number 5 equally 5 * 7/7 = 35/7

b) Add the answer from the previous step 35 to the numerator 4. New numerator is 35 + 4 = 39

c) Write a previous answer (new numerator 39) over the denominator 7.

Five and four sevenths is thirty-nine sevenths. - Conversion a mixed number 2 1/2 to a improper fraction: 2 1/2 = 2 1/2 = 2 · 2 + 1/2 = 4 + 1/2 = 5/2

To find a new numerator:

a) Multiply the whole number 2 by the denominator 2. Whole number 2 equally 2 * 2/2 = 4/2

b) Add the answer from the previous step 4 to the numerator 1. New numerator is 4 + 1 = 5

c) Write a previous answer (new numerator 5) over the denominator 2.

Two and one half is five halfs. - Subtract: 39/7 - 5/2 = 39 · 2/7 · 2 - 5 · 7/2 · 7 = 78/14 - 35/14 = 78 - 35/14 = 43/14

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(7, 2) = 14. It is enough to find the common denominator (not necessarily the lowest) by multiplying the denominators: 7 × 2 = 14. In the following intermediate step, it cannot further simplify the fraction result by canceling.

In other words - thirty-nine sevenths minus five halfs is forty-three fourteenths.

### 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) |

#### 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

• reciprocal of a fraction: 1 : 3/4

• square of a fraction: 2/3 ^ 2

• cube of a fraction: 2/3 ^ 3

• exponentiation of a fraction: 1/2 ^ 4

• 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

• square root of a fraction: sqrt(1/16)

• 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

**the 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.

**MDAS**- Multiplication and Division have the same precedence over Addition and Subtraction. The MDAS rule is the order of operations part of the PEMDAS rule.

Be careful; always do

**multiplication and division**before

**addition and subtraction**. Some operators (+ and -) and (* and /) have the same priority and must be evaluated from left to right.

## Fractions in word problems:

- The cat

The cat starts with 4/6 of a cup in his bowl. It eats 1/4 of a cup of food. How much food is left? - Marbles 82374

How many marbles do I have if I am missing a fifth of 15 marbles? - You have 4

You have eaten ⅔ of a pizza. Your friend eats what is left. How much of the original pizza is left? - Fraction subtraction

Find the difference. Reduce the answer to the simplest form: 1.) ¾ - 1/8 = 2.) ½ - 1/8 = 3.) ½ - 1/6 = 4.) 7/8 - ¾ = 5.) 1/5 - 1/10

- A less than B

What is 3/5 less than 11/12? (Answer should be in proper or improper only: Example 1/2, -1/2, 3/2, and -3/2) - Flags 2

1/4 are white and another 1/4 are yellow. What fraction of the flags are either white or yellow? - Mr. Vandar

Mr. Vandar washed 1/4 of his laundry. His son washed 2/7 of it. Who washed most of the laundry? How much of the laundry still needs to be washed?

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Last Modified: July 23, 2024