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:

55/7 * 31/8 = 125/7 = 17 6/7 ≅ 17.8571429

The spelled result in words is one hundred twenty-five sevenths (or seventeen and six sevenths).

How do we solve fractions step by step?

1. Conversion a mixed number 5 5/7 to a improper fraction: 5 5/7 = 5 5/7 = 5 · 7 + 5/7 = 35 + 5/7 = 40/7

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 5. New numerator is 35 + 5 = 40
c) Write a previous answer (new numerator 40) over the denominator 7.

Five and five sevenths is forty sevenths.
2. Conversion a mixed number 3 1/8 to a improper fraction: 3 1/8 = 3 1/8 = 3 · 8 + 1/8 = 24 + 1/8 = 25/8

To find a new numerator:
a) Multiply the whole number 3 by the denominator 8. Whole number 3 equally 3 * 8/8 = 24/8
b) Add the answer from the previous step 24 to the numerator 1. New numerator is 24 + 1 = 25
c) Write a previous answer (new numerator 25) over the denominator 8.

Three and one eighth is twenty-five eighths.
3. Multiple: 40/7 * 25/8 = 40 · 25/7 · 8 = 1000/56 = 125 · 8/7 · 8 = 125/7
Multiply both numerators and denominators. Result fraction keep to lowest possible denominator GCD(1000, 56) = 8. In the following intermediate step, cancel by a common factor of 8 gives 125/7.
In other words - forty sevenths multiplied by twenty-five eighths is one hundred twenty-five sevenths.

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
-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.