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Adding & Subtracting Fractions Calculator

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Adding and Subtracting Fractions

We've always found that the easiest way to understand adding and subtracting fractions is by seeing ๐Ÿ‘€ fractions in action.

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CALCULATOR
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Adding & Subtracting Fractions Calculator

Use the LCM



We have some questions for you! Help us out through this
INTRO
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Think of a fraction like this:
The
denominator
,
, tells us the size of the slice. The
numerator
,
, tells us how many slices we have of that size.
So, let's say we have
big pizza, and we eat
of it.
Peep ๐Ÿ‘€ how the sizes of the slices (denominators) donโ€™t match. So we need to do some extra work before we can subtract.
We can split up the
whole pizza into
equal slices.
See how the amount of pizza hasnโ€™t changed, we still have
whole pizza, but now itโ€™s split into
slices.
Nice! Now, we can easily take the
โ€œsixth-sizedโ€ slices and subtract the
โ€œsixth-sizedโ€ slice we ate.
Yum! Looks like we still have
โ€œsixth-sizedโ€ slices or
of pizza left to eat! ๐Ÿคค
We only subtracted the numerators, and left the common denominator alone! Thatโ€™s because we needed to subtract the number of slices (numerator) not the size of the slices (denominator).
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Calculator
or explore our
Lesson
and
Practice
sections to learn more about how to find the area of triangles and test your understanding.

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KEY STEPS
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How to Add & Subtract Fractions

Use the LCM

Step 1. Check the denominators. If they match, skip to Step 4.

Step 2. Multiply the numerator and denominator of fraction 1 by the denominator of fraction 2.

Step 3. Multiply the numerator and denominator of fraction 2 by the denominator of fraction 1 from the original equation.

Step 4. Add/subtract the numerators, and keep the denominator the same.

LESSON
โ€” Multiplying by the Denominators
PRACTICE
โ€” Multiplying by the Denominators
LESSON
โ€” Using the LCM
PRACTICE
โ€” Using the LCM
CONCLUSION
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