Here's how to add
Our denominators (bottom numbers) don't match, so we can't add yet.
Since 4 is evenly divided by 12, we can multiply just one term to get a common denominator.
Multiply 1 by 3, and get 3, then we multiply 4 by 3 and get 12.
So now our fractions look like this:
Since our denominators match, we can add the numerators.
3 + 11 = 14
Now we have an answer.
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:
Now, try the same number again.
Nope. Try the next prime number, 3...
Nope. Try the next prime number, 5...
Nope. Try the next prime number, 7...
No good. 7 is larger than 6. So we're done reducing.
Congratulations! Here's your final answer to 1/4 + 11/12