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What is 2/7 + 10/11?

What is 2/7 + 10/11?

This is how you add

2
7
+
10
11

Step 1

Of course, you can't add two fractions if the denominators (bottom numbers) don't match. To get a common denominator, multiply the denominators together. Then we fix the numerators by multiplying each one by their other term's denominator.

Now you multiply 2 by 11, and get 22, then we multiply 7 by 11 and get 77.

2/7 times 11

Do the same for the second term. We multiply 10 by 7, and get 70, then multiply 7 by 11 and get 77.

10/11 times 7

The problem now has new fractions to add:

22
77
+
70
77

Step 2

Since our denominators match, we can add the numerators.

22 + 70 = 92

The sum we get is

92
77

Step 3

The last step is to reduce the fraction if we can.

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

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

Nope! So now we try the next greatest prime number, 5...

Nope! So now we try the next greatest prime number, 7...

Nope! So now we try the next greatest prime number, 11...

Nope! So now we try the next greatest prime number, 13...

Nope! So now we try the next greatest prime number, 17...

Nope! So now we try the next greatest prime number, 19...

Nope! So now we try the next greatest prime number, 23...

Nope! So now we try the next greatest prime number, 29...

Nope! So now we try the next greatest prime number, 31...

Nope! So now we try the next greatest prime number, 37...

Nope! So now we try the next greatest prime number, 41...

Nope! So now we try the next greatest prime number, 43...

Nope! So now we try the next greatest prime number, 47...

Nope! So now we try the next greatest prime number, 53...

Nope! So now we try the next greatest prime number, 59...

Nope! So now we try the next greatest prime number, 61...

Nope! So now we try the next greatest prime number, 67...

Nope! So now we try the next greatest prime number, 71...

Nope! So now we try the next greatest prime number, 73...

Nope! So now we try the next greatest prime number, 79...

No good. 79 is larger than 77. So we're done reducing.

There you have it! Here's the final answer to 2/7 + 10/11

2
7
+
10
11
=
92
77
© 2014 Randy Tayler

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