I think there is another problem. I took some code out of w3schools and some that was on JSFiddle that I knew worked for animations and used that on my page. It didn't work.
I ran code to check the version and it reports jquery is loaded.
I put the code to turn effects on (jQuery.fx.off = false;) and that didn't help either
So, I can take code from w3schools showing the fadein/fadeout functions and paste it into my page and the animation doesn't work.
Is there anything like the phpinfo command that would show all of my effective settings?
I am running jquery easy on the site
So, the code that the other posters provided was almost certainly correct. The problem is somewhere in my joomla/jquery configuration.