 # What is 5/11 + 1/8? Here's how we add

 5 11
+
 1 8

## 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 5 by 8, and get 40, then we multiply 11 by 8 and get 88. Now for the second term. You multiply 1 by 11, and get 11, then multiply 11 by 8 and get 88. This gives us a new problem that looks like so:

 40 88
+
 11 88

## Step 2

Since our denominators match, we can add the numerators.

40 + 11 = 51

That gives us an answer of

 51 88

## Step 3

Can this fraction be reduced?

First, we attempt to divide 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...

No good. 53 is larger than 51. So we're done reducing.

Congratulations! Here's your final answer to 5/11 + 1/8

 5 11
+
 1 8
=
 51 88
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