 # What is 4/12 + 8/9? Here's how you add

 4 12
+
 8 9

## 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 4 by 9, and get 36, then we multiply 12 by 9 and get 108. Now for the second term. You multiply 8 by 12, and get 96, then multiply 12 by 9 and get 108. This gives us a new problem that looks like so:

 36 108
+
 96 108

## Step 2

Since our denominators match, we can add the numerators.

36 + 96 = 132

That gives us an answer of

 132 108

## 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:

 132 108
÷ 2 =
 66 54

Let's try dividing by that again...

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

 66 54
÷ 2 =
 33 27

Let's try dividing by that again...

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

Are both the numerator and the denominator evenly divisible by 3? Yes! So we reduce it:

 33 27
÷ 3 =
 11 9

Let's try dividing by that again...

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...

No good. 11 is larger than 9. So we're done reducing.

There you have it! Here's the final answer to 4/12 + 8/9

 4 12
+
 8 9
=
 11 9
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