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What is 2/8 + 3/4?

What is 2/8 + 3/4?

This is how we add

2
8
+
3
4

Step 1

We have to make sure the denominators are equal.

8 goes into 4 evenly, so we only need to multiply one term to get a common denominator.

Multiply 3 by 2, and get 6, then we multiply 4 by 2 and get 8.

This gives us a new problem that looks like so:

2
8
+
6
8

Step 2

Since our denominators match, we can add the numerators.

2 + 6 = 8

That gives us an answer of

8
8

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:

8
8
÷ 2 =
4
4

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:

4
4
÷ 2 =
2
2

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:

2
2
÷ 2 =
1
1

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

No good. 2 is larger than 1. So we're done reducing.

And we're done! Here's the final answer to 2/8 + 3/4

2
8
+
3
4
=
1
1
= 1
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