Addition of Unlike Fractions Instructions

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You will notice that the addends 1/5 and 1/2 have unlike denominators. You must first rename 1/5 and 1/2 with a like or common denominator(LCD).  The program COMPARE FRACTIONS shows how to find the LCD. In this case, each addend is written with a common denominator 10.

Once each addend is written with like denominators, the numerators may be added for the sum numerator.

The program ADD FRACTIONS - EASY shows how to add fractions with like denominators.

Follow the directions in the dialog box after pressing the <START> button. The <EXPLAIN> button may be pressed after you enter the second addend to see how to do the example.

After you enter the sum you may press the <REPORT> button. The report will ask for your name but you may submit a code for your name. This report will give the same results as on the dialog box. The report may be printed or e-mailed.