# 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:

### 55/6 + 61/6 = 12/1 = 12

The spelled result in words is twelve.

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

1. Conversion a mixed number 5 5/6 to a improper fraction: 5 5/6 = 5 5/6 = 5 · 6 + 5/6 = 30 + 5/6 = 35/6

To find a new numerator:
a) Multiply the whole number 5 by the denominator 6. Whole number 5 equally 5 * 6/6 = 30/6
b) Add the answer from the previous step 30 to the numerator 5. New numerator is 30 + 5 = 35
c) Write a previous answer (new numerator 35) over the denominator 6.

Five and five sixths is thirty-five sixths.
2. Conversion a mixed number 6 1/6 to a improper fraction: 6 1/6 = 6 1/6 = 6 · 6 + 1/6 = 36 + 1/6 = 37/6

To find a new numerator:
a) Multiply the whole number 6 by the denominator 6. Whole number 6 equally 6 * 6/6 = 36/6
b) Add the answer from the previous step 36 to the numerator 1. New numerator is 36 + 1 = 37
c) Write a previous answer (new numerator 37) over the denominator 6.

Six and one sixth is thirty-seven sixths.
3. Add: 35/6 + 37/6 = 35 + 37/6 = 72/6 = 6 · 12/6 · 1 = 12
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(6, 6) = 6. It is enough to find the common denominator (not necessarily the lowest) by multiplying the denominators: 6 × 6 = 36. In the following intermediate step, cancel by a common factor of 6 gives 12/1.
In other words - thirty-five sixths plus thirty-seven sixths is twelve.

### 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

SymbolSymbol nameSymbol MeaningExample
+plus signaddition 1/2 + 1/3
-minus signsubtraction 1 1/2 - 2/3
*asteriskmultiplication 2/3 * 3/4
×times signmultiplication 2/3 × 5/6
:division signdivision 1/2 : 3
/division slashdivision 1/3 / 5
:coloncomplex fraction 1/2 : 1/3
^caretexponentiation / power 1/4^3
()parenthesescalculate expression inside first-3/5 - (-1/4)

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.