This is how we add


Step 1Now we need to make our denominators match. Since 6 is evenly divided by 12, we can multiply just one term to get a common denominator. Multiply 2 by 2, and get 4, then we multiply 6 by 2 and get 12. So now our fractions look like this:


Step 2Since our denominators match, we can add the numerators. 4 + 4 = 8 So the answer is:


Step 3Last 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:
Let's try dividing by that again... Are both the numerator and the denominator evenly divisible by 2? Yes! So we reduce it:
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 2/6 + 4/12
