# Can someone elaborate the rule of common denominators?

##### 2 Answers

Only things that are the same can be added or subtracted. Hence fractions can only be added or subtracted with a common denominator.

#### Explanation:

Apples and Oranges can not be added. Change both to fruit ( a common denominator) Now Apples and Oranges can be added find to a total number of pieces of fruit.

Fractions with a different denominator are like Apples and Oranges they can not be added. Change both fractions to fractions with the same denominator. Now the fractions can be aded or subtracted.

Refer to the explanation.

#### Explanation:

When adding or subtracting fractions, they must have the same denominator; a common denominator. So what do we do if they don't have a common denominator? We can convert them into equivalent fractions by multiplying by a fractional form of

**Example: What is **

We can see that the denominators are not common. We can also see that the denominator

Simplify.

Now add the fractions.

**Example: What is**

In this example, the denominators are not multiples of each other, so we must first determine the least common denominator (LCD) of

The LCD is

Now go back to the question.

Now we must multiply each fraction by a fractional form of

Multiply each fraction by the appropriate fractional form of

Simplify.

Simplify.

Since