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What is 5/12 + 10/11?

What is 5/12 + 10/11?

This is how we add

5
12
+
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 5 by 11, and get 55, then we multiply 12 by 11 and get 132.

5/12 times 11

Do the same for the second term. We multiply 10 by 12, and get 120, then multiply 12 by 11 and get 132.

10/11 times 12

The problem now has new fractions to add:

55
132
+
120
132

Step 2

Since our denominators match, we can add the numerators.

55 + 120 = 175

The sum we get is

175
132

Step 3

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

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

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 3...

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 5...

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 7...

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 11...

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 13...

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 17...

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 19...

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 23...

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 29...

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 31...

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 37...

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 41...

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 43...

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 47...

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 53...

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 59...

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 61...

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 67...

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 71...

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 73...

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 79...

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 83...

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 89...

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 97...

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 101...

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 103...

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 107...

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 109...

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 113...

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 127...

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 131...

No good. So next you try the next prime number, which is 137...

No good. 137 is larger than 132. So we're done reducing.

And we're done! Here's the final answer to 5/12 + 10/11

5
12
+
10
11
=
175
132
© 2014 Randy Tayler

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