# 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:

### 71/4 - 33/4 = 7/2 = 3 1/2 = 3.5

Spelled result in words is seven halfs (or three and one half).

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

1. Conversion a mixed number 7 1/4 to a improper fraction: 7 1/4 = 7 1/4 = 7 · 4 + 1/4 = 28 + 1/4 = 29/4

To find a new numerator:
a) Multiply the whole number 7 by the denominator 4. Whole number 7 equally 7 * 4/4 = 28/4
b) Add the answer from the previous step 28 to the numerator 1. New numerator is 28 + 1 = 29
c) Write a previous answer (new numerator 29) over the denominator 4.

Seven and one quarter is twenty-nine quarters.
2. Conversion a mixed number 3 3/4 to a improper fraction: 3 3/4 = 3 3/4 = 3 · 4 + 3/4 = 12 + 3/4 = 15/4

To find a new numerator:
a) Multiply the whole number 3 by the denominator 4. Whole number 3 equally 3 * 4/4 = 12/4
b) Add the answer from the previous step 12 to the numerator 3. New numerator is 12 + 3 = 15
c) Write a previous answer (new numerator 15) over the denominator 4.

Three and three quarters is fifteen quarters.
3. Subtract: 29/4 - 15/4 = 29 - 15/4 = 14/4 = 2 · 7/2 · 2 = 7/2
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(4, 4) = 4. It is enough to find the common denominator (not necessarily the lowest) by multiplying the denominators: 4 × 4 = 16. In the following intermediate step, cancel by a common factor of 2 gives 7/2.
In other words - twenty-nine quarters minus fifteen quarters is seven halfs.

#### 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.

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