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SuperKids Math Review
How to Add Fractions
Adding Fractions with COMMON Denominators
Example 1: Simple fraction addition
No reduction is possible, so we have found the answer!
Example 2: Reducing the fraction answer
Example 3: Converting the answer to a mixed number
Then convert the improper fraction to a mixed number:
Adding Fractions with DIFFERENT denominators
Say you have the fractions 2/3 and 1/4
Select the denominator of the first fraction (3) and multiply the top and bottom of the second fraction (1/4) by that number:
These two fractions (8/12 and 3/12) have common denominators - the number 12 on the bottom of the fraction.
Add these two new fractions together:
Say you have the fractions 3/5 and 2/7
Select the denominator of the first fraction (5) and multiply the top and bottom of the second fraction (2/7) by that number
These two fractions (21/35 and 10/35) have common denominators -- the number 35 on the bottom of the fraction.
We can now add these two fractions together, because they have common denominators:
Got it? Great! Then go to the SuperKids Math Worksheet Creator for Basic Fractions, and give it a try!
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