Here's how we add


Step 1Since our denominators match, we can add the numerators. 5 + 3 = 8 So the answer is:


Step 2Last of all, we need to simplify the fraction, if possible. Can it be reduced to a simpler fraction? To find out, we try dividing it by 2... Are both the numerator and the denominator evenly divisible by 2? Yes! So we reduce it:
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:
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. 3 is larger than 2. So we're done reducing. And we're done! Here's the final answer to 5/12 + 3/12
