Many people have difficulty adding fractions with unlike denominators. There's no doubt that fractions are difficult to deal with especially when you have to find the least common denominator.
I'm going to show you three examples, and I will break down each step for you. By following my examples, step by step, you will quickly learn how to add fractions with unlike denominators.
If you are really struggling, be sure to check out the video examples.
Please go back and review these lessons if you are not proficient with these two skills.
OK.. Here we go with Example 1. We'll start with the video lesson and the written lesson will follow.
So, let's recap.
Example 1 was written horizontally, which I'm finding more people are doing lately. I still favor adding fractions that are written vertically which you will see in Example 2.
For Example 2, we will add fractions where neither denominator is the least common denominator. But, we'll still follow the same steps. Take a look....
Ok,let's step it up a little. For the last example, we will add 3 fractions.
Calm down..... this is a piece of cake! We'll use exactly the same process. Take a look...
Do you feel a little better about adding fractions with unlike denominators? I hope so!
If you are feeling pretty good, then the great news is that if you can add fractions, then you can also subtract fractions.
The same process is used, you will only subtract the numerators instead of adding the numerators.
Your next faction lesson is Subtracting Fractions with Unlike Denominators.