 # What is 8/12 + 4/11? 8 12
+
 4 11

## 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 8 by 11, and get 88, then we multiply 12 by 11 and get 132. Now for the second term. You multiply 4 by 12, and get 48, then multiply 12 by 11 and get 132. We now have a new problem, that looks like this:

 88 132
+
 48 132

## Step 2

Since our denominators match, we can add the numerators.

88 + 48 = 136

 136 132

## 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:

 136 132
÷ 2 =
 68 66

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:

 68 66
÷ 2 =
 34 33

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. 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. 37 is larger than 34. So we're done reducing.

And we're done! Here's the final answer to 8/12 + 4/11

 8 12
+
 4 11
=
 34 33