Calculator: ordinary math fractions reducing to lowest terms (simplifying) explained. Final result written as a proper fraction or as an improper one and a mixed number, as an integer or a decimal, as a percentage
Online calculator: reduce (simplify) fractions
How to reduce (simplify) to lowest terms ordinary (common) math fraction:
To reduce a fraction, divide both its numerator and denominator by their greatest common factor, GCF.
Result written as a proper or an improper fraction, a mixed number, a decimal or an integer, a percentage
Why reducing (simplifying) fractions to lower terms?
When running operations with fractions we are often required to bring them to the same denominator, for example when adding, subtracting or comparing.
Sometimes both the numerators and the denominators of those fractions are large numbers and doing calculations with such numbers could be difficult.
By simplifying (reducing) a fraction, both the numerator and denominator of a fraction are reduced to smaller values. Well, these values are much easier to work with, reducing the overall effort of working with fractions.