# 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:

### 61/5 - 41/4 = 39/20 = 1 19/20 = 1.95

Spelled result in words is thirty-nine twentieths (or one and nineteen twentieths).

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

1. Conversion a mixed number 6 1/5 to a improper fraction: 6 1/5 = 6 1/5 = 6 · 5 + 1/5 = 30 + 1/5 = 31/5

To find a new numerator:
a) Multiply the whole number 6 by the denominator 5. Whole number 6 equally 6 * 5/5 = 30/5
b) Add the answer from the previous step 30 to the numerator 1. New numerator is 30 + 1 = 31
c) Write a previous answer (new numerator 31) over the denominator 5.

Six and one fifth is thirty-one fifths.
2. Conversion a mixed number 4 1/4 to a improper fraction: 4 1/4 = 4 1/4 = 4 · 4 + 1/4 = 16 + 1/4 = 17/4

To find a new numerator:
a) Multiply the whole number 4 by the denominator 4. Whole number 4 equally 4 * 4/4 = 16/4
b) Add the answer from the previous step 16 to the numerator 1. New numerator is 16 + 1 = 17
c) Write a previous answer (new numerator 17) over the denominator 4.

Four and one quarter is seventeen quarters.
3. Subtract: 31/5 - 17/4 = 31 · 4/5 · 4 - 17 · 5/4 · 5 = 124/20 - 85/20 = 124 - 85/20 = 39/20
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(5, 4) = 20. It is enough to find the common denominator (not necessarily the lowest) by multiplying the denominators: 5 × 4 = 20. In the following intermediate step, it cannot further simplify the fraction result by canceling.
In other words - thirty-one fifths minus seventeen quarters is thirty-nine twentieths.

#### 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.