# Fraction calculator

This calculator subtracts two fractions. When fractions have the same denominators calculator simply subtracts the numerators and place the result over the common denominator. Then simplify the result to the lowest terms or a mixed number.

## The result:

### 9/10 - 3/10 = 3/5 = 0.6

Spelled result in words is three fifths.### How do we solve fractions step by step?

- Subtract: 9/10 - 3/10 = 9 - 3/10 = 6/10 = 2 · 3/2 · 5 = 3/5

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(10, 10) = 10. It is enough to find the common denominator (not necessarily the lowest) by multiplying the denominators: 10 × 10 = 100. In the following intermediate step, cancel by a common factor of 2 gives 3/5.

In other words - nine tenths minus three tenths is three fifths.

#### 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) |

## Fractions in word problems:

- Peter's calculation

Peter wrote the following: 7 1/4 - 3 3/4 = 4 2/4 = 4 1/2 . Is Peter's calculation correct? Using words (math vocabulary) and numbers to explain why he is correct or incorrect. - A man 9

A man earns $2400 in his monthly salary. He spends 3/5 of his salary on food and rent. This month he decided to buy his family presents. What fraction of his money does he spend on presents? - Whole pie

If you have one whole pie, 1/2 is given away, and 1/4 is eaten, how much do you have left? - Flags 2

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

Paul ate 2/8 of a cake and his brother 3/8. What fraction of the cake is left for the parents?

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