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# Fraction X Adding Unlike Denominators

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Fraction X Adding Unlike Denominators
By Monica Yuskaitis

Reminder Be sure to do Fractions IX before continuing with this lesson.

Some multiples of 3 & 6 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42 Common Multiple
A number that is a multiple of two or more numbers. Some multiples of 3 & 6 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42

Least Common Multiple The smallest common multiple of a set of two or more numbers. 5 = 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 6 = 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36

Shortcut for Finding the Least Common Denominator or Least Common Multiple
Check to see if the smaller denominator divides evenly into the larger denominator. If it does, use the larger denominator for your LCD or LCM. 1 3 will divide evenly into 9, so 9 is your LCD or LCM. 3 1 + 9

To Add or Subtract Fractions With Unlike Denominators
Find the multiples of each denominator. 1 5 = 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 1 + 10 = 10, 20, 30, 40, 50

To Add or Subtract Fractions With Unlike Denominators
Compare the lists of multiples. Circle the common multiples between the two lists. 1 5 = 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 1 + 10 = 10, 20, 30, 40, 50

To Add or Subtract Fractions With Unlike Denominators
Use the lowest common multiple as the denominator. 1 5 = 5, 10, 15 ,20 ,25 ,30 1 + 10 = 10, 20, 30, 40, 50

To Add or Subtract Fractions With Unlike Denominators
This number is also called the least common denominator. 1 5 = 5, 10, 15 ,20 ,25 ,30 1 + 10 = 10, 20, 30, 40, 50

To Add or Subtract Fractions With Unlike Denominators
Rewrite the fractions using the least common denominator or least common multiple. 1 5 10 1 + 10 10

To Add or Subtract Fractions With Unlike Denominators
Find the equivalent fractions for 1/5 & 1/10 with 10 as the denominator. You know that 1/10 is equal to 1/10 so Put a 1 over the Bottom 10. 1 5 10 1 1 + 10 10

To Add or Subtract Fractions With Unlike Denominators
Find the equivalent fractions for 1/5 & 1/10 with 10 as the denominator. To find the top number, ask yourself what do you multiply the 5 by to get 10. 1 5 10 1 1 + 10 10

To Add or Subtract Fractions With Unlike Denominators
Find the equivalent fractions for 1/5 & 1/10 with 10 as the denominator. That’s right 2. Since you are looking for the equivalent fraction you know the top number must also be multiplied by 2. 1 x 2 = 5 10 x 2 = 1 1 + 10 10

To Add or Subtract Fractions With Unlike Denominators
Find the equivalent fractions for 1/5 & 1/10 with 10 as the denominator. 1 2 x 2 = To find the top number just multiply 2 x 1 to get your equivalent fraction. 5 10 x 2 = 1 1 + 10 10

To Add or Subtract Fractions With Unlike Denominators
Now just add the numerators. 1 2 x 2 = 5 10 x 2 = Remember when adding fractions you never add the denominators. 1 1 + 10 10 3 10

1 2 8 1 + 8 8 Add these Fractions Use the short cut to find the
Least Common Denominator (LCD). 1 2 8 1 + 8 8

1 2 8 1 + 8 8 Add these Fractions x 4 = x 1 = Now find the equivalent
fractions for 1/2 & 1/8. 1 2 8 x 4 = 1 + 8 x 1 = 8 Ask what do you multiply 2 by to get 8 and what do you multiply 8 by to get 8.

1 2 8 1 + 8 8 Add these Fractions x 4 = x 4 = x 1 = x 1 =
Since you are writing equivalent fractions, now multiply the top numbers by the same number you did in the bottom. 1 x 4 = 2 8 x 4 = 1 x 1 = + 8 x 1 = 8

1 4 2 8 1 1 + 8 8 Add these Fractions x 4 = x 4 = x 1 = x 1 =
Now multiply across. x 4 = 2 8 x 4 = 1 1 x 1 = + 8 x 1 = 8

1 4 2 8 1 1 + 8 8 5 8 Add these Fractions x 4 = x 4 = x 1 = x 1 =
Add your new numerators. x 4 = 2 8 x 4 = 1 1 x 1 = + 8 x 1 = 8 5 8

2 5 15 1 + 3 15 Add these Fractions Find the common Multiples for
5 and 3. Write This number As your new denominator. 2 5 15 1 + 3 15

2 5 15 1 + 3 15 Add these Fractions x 3 = x 5 = Ask yourself what you
multiply the bottom number by to get 15. 2 5 15 x 3 = 1 + 3 x 5 = 15

2 5 15 1 + 3 15 Add these Fractions x 3 = x 3 = x 5 = x 5 =
Multiply the top number by the same number you did in the bottom. 2 x 3 = 5 15 x 3 = 1 x 5 = + 3 x 5 = 15

2 6 5 15 1 5 + 3 15 Add these Fractions x 3 = x 3 = x 5 = x 5 =
Multiply across. 2 6 x 3 = 5 15 x 3 = 1 5 x 5 = + 3 x 5 = 15

2 6 5 15 1 5 + 3 15 11 15 Add these Fractions x 3 = x 3 = x 5 = x 5 =
Now add your new numerators. 2 6 x 3 = 5 15 x 3 = 1 5 x 5 = + 3 x 5 = 15 11 15

Add these Fractions 1 2 x 2 = 6 12 x 2 = 1 3 x 3 = + 4 x 3 = 12 5 12

Add these Fractions 5 20 x 4 = 6 24 x 4 = 1 3 x 3 = + 8 x 3 = 24 23 24

Add these Fractions 2 6 x 3 = 3 9 x 3 = 1 1 x 1 = + 9 x 1 = 9 7 9

4 12 5 15 2 10 + 3 15 22 15 Add these Fractions x 3 = x 3 = x 5 =

Simplify Your Answer 7 1 15 22 15) 22 15 15 7

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