 # What is 3/10 + 2/8? 3 10
+
 2 8

## Step 1

Can you add yet? Nope! The denominators don't match. We need a common denominator. So next we take both denominators and multiply them. Next, take each numerator and multiply it by the denominator of the other term.

So, we multiply 3 by 8, and get 24, then we multiply 10 by 8 and get 80. Now for the second term. You multiply 2 by 10, and get 20, then multiply 10 by 8 and get 80. We now have a new problem, that looks like this:

 24 80
+
 20 80

## Step 2

Since our denominators match, we can add the numerators.

24 + 20 = 44

That gives us the sum, which is

 44 80

## 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:

 44 80
÷ 2 =
 22 40

So far so good... let's try to divide by that number again.

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

 22 40
÷ 2 =
 11 20

So far so good... let's try to divide by that number again.

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. 13 is larger than 11. So we're done reducing.

And we're done! Here's the final answer to 3/10 + 2/8

 3 10
+
 2 8
=
 11 20