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What is 1/3 + 2/6?

What is 1/3 + 2/6?

Here's how you add

1
3
+
2
6

Step 1

Now we need to make our denominators match.

Since 3 is evenly divided by 6, we can multiply just one term to get a common denominator.

Multiply 1 by 2, and get 2, then we multiply 3 by 2 and get 6.

So now our fractions look like this:

2
6
+
2
6

Step 2

Since our denominators match, we can add the numerators.

2 + 2 = 4

Now we have an answer.

4
6

Step 3

Last of all, we need to simplify the fraction, if possible. Can it be reduced to a simpler fraction?

To find out, we try dividing it by 2...

Are both the numerator and the denominator evenly divisible by 2? Yes! So we reduce it:

4
6
÷ 2 =
2
3

Let's try dividing by that again...

Nope! So now we try the next greatest prime number, 3...

No good. 3 is larger than 2. So we're done reducing.

There you have it! Here's the final answer to 1/3 + 2/6

1
3
+
2
6
=
2
3
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