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Adding and Subtracting Fractions
Bowtie Method

+ Step 1: Notice the middle of the bowtie. Is it addition or subtraction? Step 2: Multiply the denominators together. (this will be your NEW denominator) Step 3: Multiply the 1st numerator times the 2nd denominator. Step 4: Multiply the 1st denominator times the second numerator. Step 5: Add the two numbers together (this will be your new numerator) Step 6: Simplify

- Step 1: Notice the middle of the bowtie. Is it addition or subtraction? Step 2: Multiply the denominators together. (this will be your NEW denominator) Step 3: Multiply the 1st numerator times the 2nd denominator. Step 4: Multiply the 1st denominator times the second numerator. Step 5: Subtract the two numbers together (this will be your new numerator) Step 6: Simplify -

- Step 1: Notice the middle of the bowtie. Is it addition or subtraction? Step 2: Multiply the denominators together. (this will be your NEW denominator) Step 3: Multiply the 1st numerator times the 2nd denominator. Step 4: Multiply the 1st denominator times the second numerator. Step 5: Subtract the two numbers together (this will be your new numerator) Step 6: Simplify -

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