# Adding Fractions is “Painless”, When You Know the Rules!

Adding fractions is a pretty easy and straightforward operation, if you follow the rules. Actually, the “key” is to make sure the denominators are the same. That way, our point of reference is the same and we can now work the problem.

**Here’s the Rule…**

- If needed,
**build**each fraction so that the**denominators****are the same**. - Add the
**numerators**. - The denominator of your answer will be the new denominator of the built-up fractions.
**Reduce**or**simplify**the answer, if required.

**Note: ****Do Not **add denominators!

If the fractions have the **same** denominator, simply **omit Step#1**.

### 1/3 + 1/3 =(1 + 1)/3 = 2/3

When working with **different** denominators, we do **all** the steps.

### Original: 1/2 + 1/3 =

### With LCD: 3/6 + 2/6 =

### Completed: (3 + 2)/6 = 5/6

But since there are a lot of **other things** to think about, click on the links below for more information to be sure you have these operations down pat.

### Homework Helpers

Check out these great **additional resources** for adding fractions: Adding Fractions Same Denominator, Adding Fractions Different Denominators, Reducing Fractions and Simplifying Fractions

### Related Topics

If you’ve mastered **adding fractions**, why not try your hand at one of the following: Subtracting Fractions, Multiplying Fractions or Dividing Fractions.

### Fraction Worksheets

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