How Do You Add Fractions?
How many times have you asked the question, "How do you add fractions?" I've found that this question is asked a lot! Fractions is one of the hardest concepts in math for students to fully understand.
This lesson will lead you through adding fractions with common denominators. Once this concept is mastered, then you will be able to move onto adding fractions with unlike denominators.
Let's get started....
Adding Fractions with Common Denominators
We're going to start with adding fractions with common denominators. These are the easiest type of fractions to add. Why? In order to add fractions, the denominators must be the same. The term "common denominators" means that the denominators are the same.
Let's take a look at Example 1.
Example 1 - Horizontal Method of Adding Fractions
There are two methods that are widely used when adding and subtracting fractions. The horizontal method was used in Example 1 and I will use the vertical method for Example 2.
Example 2 - Vertical Method of Adding Fractions
Now you've seen the horizontal and vertical methods for adding fractions. Yes, adding fractions with common denominators is pretty easy. Just add the numerators and keep the denominator the same!
Can You End Up With an Improper Fraction?
YES! You may in fact add two proper fractions and end up with an improper fraction. Take a look!
One last question..
Can You Add Improper Fractions the Same Way?
YES!! Let's take a look!
Not too hard, right? Adding fractions with the same denominator is pretty easy!
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