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What is 4/9 + 10/11?

What is 4/9 + 10/11?

This is how to add

4
9
+
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 4 by 11, and get 44, then we multiply 9 by 11 and get 99.

4/9 times 11

Do the same for the second term. We multiply 10 by 9, and get 90, then multiply 9 by 11 and get 99.

10/11 times 9

The problem now has new fractions to add:

44
99
+
90
99

Step 2

Since our denominators match, we can add the numerators.

44 + 90 = 134

This yields the answer

134
99

Step 3

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

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

Nope. Try the next prime number, 3...

Nope. Try the next prime number, 5...

Nope. Try the next prime number, 7...

Nope. Try the next prime number, 11...

Nope. Try the next prime number, 13...

Nope. Try the next prime number, 17...

Nope. Try the next prime number, 19...

Nope. Try the next prime number, 23...

Nope. Try the next prime number, 29...

Nope. Try the next prime number, 31...

Nope. Try the next prime number, 37...

Nope. Try the next prime number, 41...

Nope. Try the next prime number, 43...

Nope. Try the next prime number, 47...

Nope. Try the next prime number, 53...

Nope. Try the next prime number, 59...

Nope. Try the next prime number, 61...

Nope. Try the next prime number, 67...

Nope. Try the next prime number, 71...

Nope. Try the next prime number, 73...

Nope. Try the next prime number, 79...

Nope. Try the next prime number, 83...

Nope. Try the next prime number, 89...

Nope. Try the next prime number, 97...

Nope. Try the next prime number, 101...

No good. 101 is larger than 99. So we're done reducing.

Congratulations! Here's your final answer to 4/9 + 10/11

4
9
+
10
11
=
134
99
© 2014 Randy Tayler

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