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# Intro to adding mixed numbers

Sal adds 2 mixed numbers with common (like) denominators.

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• Will it make sense if you convert those mixed numbers to improper fractions then convert it back again to mixed numbers to get also the same correct answer?

Example:
(Convert to improper fraction)
2 4/7 = 18/7
3 2/7 = 23/7

18/7 + 23/7 = 41/7

(Convert back to mixed number)
7÷41 = 5r6
= 5 6/7

Same with:
2 4/7 + 3 2/7 = 5 6/7
• Yes, this makes sense! I actually think that it's easier to convert to improper fractions before adding / subtracting / etc. As long as you watch your math when you are converting back and forth, you should have no problem!
• what is the easiest way to add fractions
• Make both fractions an improper fraction and then add them. I hope this helped! (Sorry if it doesn’t)
• what happens if the answer is improper
• it would say : your answer is almost correct but it needs to be simplified
• How do you do 5 6/8+8 5/6?
• First, you would add the fractions:
6/8 + 5/6
To do this, you have to find their common denominator:
What is the least common multiple of the denominators, 6 and 8? 24.
Then, you make the fractions equivalent with the same denominator.
if 5/6 had to become x/24, what would x equal? Well, what is 6 being multiplied by to make 24? 4. Whenever you multiply the denominator by something (in this case, 4) you also have to multiply the numerator. In this case, 5/6 would equal 20/24, which is equivalent.
You do the same thing for 6/8:
It becomes (6*3)/24, which equals 18/24.
P.S. To check this, you can always simplify your new fraction to make sure it is still equivalent.
Then, you add these fractions together. So:
20/24 + 18/24 = 38/24
This is an improper fraction. So now, you have to convert it to a mixed number. 24 goes into 38 one time with 14 left over. So we get:
1 14/24, or simplified, 1 7/12.
Now we add the whole numbers:
5 + 5 = 10.
Then, we add the mixed number to 10 which makes 11 7/12.
Hope that helped.
• Now I understand how to add mixed numbers.👍
• no i don,t understand can someone help me here🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺
• When it comes to step 3 I get confused when you have to put your fraction in "Simplest Form".Is is ok if anybody who know it can explain it in a different way?:3Pwease?