This is how you add


Step 1We have to make sure the denominators are equal. 12 goes into 6 evenly, so we only need to multiply one term to get a common denominator. Multiply 3 by 2, and get 6, then we multiply 6 by 2 and get 12. We now have a new problem, that looks like this:


Step 2Since our denominators match, we can add the numerators. 6 + 2 = 8 That gives us the sum, which is


Step 3Now, do we need to simplify this fraction? First, we attempt to divide it by 2... Are both the numerator and the denominator evenly divisible by 2? Yes! So we reduce it:
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:
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. 3 is larger than 2. So we're done reducing. And we're done! Here's the final answer to 3/6 + 2/12
