# How do you simplify #\frac { 11x ^ { 2} } { 33x } + \frac { 5x ^ { 2} } { 15x }#?

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#### Explanation:

#### Explanation:

1) First cancel any factors that are in common in the numerators and in their own denominators.

Because this is an addition problem (not a multiplication problem), you can cancel common factors only within the same fraction.

For the first term

So the first term simplifies to

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For the second term

So the second term simplifies to

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Now the problem has been simplified to

The fractions have a common denominator, so you can just add.

Add the numerators and keep the common denominator.