 # What is 1/2 + 4/8? 1 2
+
 4 8

## Step 1

Now we need to make our denominators match.

8 goes into 2 evenly, so we only need to multiply one term to get a common denominator.

Multiply 1 by 4, and get 4, then we multiply 2 by 4 and get 8. We now have a new problem, that looks like this:

 4 8
+
 4 8

## Step 2

Since our denominators match, we can add the numerators.

4 + 4 = 8

That gives us the sum, which is

 8 8

## Step 3

Now, 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:

 8 8
÷ 2 =
 4 4

Let's try dividing by that again...

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

 4 4
÷ 2 =
 2 2

Let's try dividing by that again...

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

 2 2
÷ 2 =
 1 1

Let's try dividing by that again...

No good. 2 is larger than 1. So we're done reducing.

There you have it! Here's the final answer to 1/2 + 4/8

 1 2
+
 4 8
=
 1 1
= 1