This is how we add


Step 1Can 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 7 by 8, and get 56, then we multiply 11 by 8 and get 88. Now for the second term. You multiply 5 by 11, and get 55, then multiply 11 by 8 and get 88. We now have a new problem, that looks like this:


Step 2Since our denominators match, we can add the numerators. 56 + 55 = 111 That gives us the sum, which is


Step 3Now, do we need to simplify this fraction? 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... Nope. Try the next prime number, 59... Nope. Try the next prime number, 61... Nope. Try the next prime number, 67... Nope. Try the next prime number, 71... Nope. Try the next prime number, 73... Nope. Try the next prime number, 79... Nope. Try the next prime number, 83... Nope. Try the next prime number, 89... No good. 89 is larger than 88. So we're done reducing. Congratulations! Here's your final answer to 7/11 + 5/8
