 # What is 2/12 + 7/8? 2 12
+
 7 8

## Step 1

We still have different denominators (bottom numbers), though, so we need to get a common denominator. This will make the bottom numbers match. Multiply the denominators together first. Now, multiply each numerator by the other term's denominator.

Now we multiply 2 by 8, and get 16, then we multiply 12 by 8 and get 96. Now for the second term. You multiply 7 by 12, and get 84, then multiply 12 by 8 and get 96. This gives us a new problem that looks like so:

 16 96
+
 84 96

## Step 2

Since our denominators match, we can add the numerators.

16 + 84 = 100

So what's the answer so far?

 100 96

## Step 3

Can this fraction be reduced?

First, we attempt to divide it by 2...

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

 100 96
÷ 2 =
 50 48

So far so good... let's try to divide by that number again.

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

 50 48
÷ 2 =
 25 24

So far so good... let's try to divide by that number again.

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 3...

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 5...

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 7...

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 11...

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 13...

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 17...

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 19...

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 23...

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 29...

No good. 29 is larger than 25. So we're done reducing.

And we're done! Here's the final answer to 2/12 + 7/8

 2 12
+
 7 8
=
 25 24
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